Jammu: Shiv Sena on Friday threatened not to allow J-K interlocutors to function in Jammu till Dilip Padgaonkar quits the Centre-appointed panel for participating in conferences organised by Kashmir American Council president Ghulam Nabi Fai.

"We demand immediate resignation of Padgaonkar from the post of chairman of the interlocutors' committee in view of his name figuring as an invitee of ISI agent Ghulam Nabi Fai," Sena state unit chief Ashok Gupta told reporters.

"We warn the government and interlocutors that they will not be allowed to function in Jammu for their ground work in meeting people till Padgaonkar does not resign or is not removed from the post of chairman," Gupta said.

The party took out a protest rally and raised slogans demanding resignation of Padgaonkar.

Fai was arrested in the US on July 19 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on charges of receiving funds from the ISI and using it to inappropriately lobby the US government over Kashmir.

Padgaonkar, appointed by the Centre to talk to various shades of opinion in Jammu and Kashmir, has found himself at the centre of a controversy after it emerged that he was among the many journalists and others from India who had attended conferences organised by Fai in the US and elsewhere.

(Agencies)