Srinagar: People in Jammu & Kashmir are determined to give a cutting answer to the terrorists who have been disappointed by the high turnout of voters during the Panchayat polls. The fact that the terrorists have targeted the contestants has failed to suppress the faith of people in the democratic process.

The spirit is best exhibited by the decision of Mohammad Maqbool Bhat, who was shot at and injured by militants on Tuesday in Sopore region of Baramulla for filing nomination paper for panchayat elections, still remains in the fray.

Terrorists shot the 65-years-old in his leg and warned him to withdraw from elections or else he would have to lose both his legs.

But Bhat remains defiant and is determined to contest the May 25 election.

To quell any such incident during elections, the administration has beefed up the security of contestants apart from expediting its anti-terrorists operation in the region.

Apart from the recent incident, terrorists have injured four other candidates and killed one woman for contesting for sarpanch last month.

One school and a panchayat building were burnt down because some materials to be used in election were kept there.