Sarpanch Shiv Dev Singh of Barnoti block of Kathua district led the group to demand that they be allowed to take oath in Dogri, instead of Urdu, and raised slogans in support of the language. Their demand was later accepted.
Policemen and other officials present there pacified the situation.
Governor Malik later congratulated the village heads and government functionaries for the successful conduct of the panchayat election under "very trying circumstances".
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