Srinagar by-poll: Stone-pelting in some areas

Srinagar by-poll: Stone-pelting in some areas

Srinagar: Sporadic incidents of stone-pelting were Sunday reported in Srinagar Parliamentary constituency where voting for the by-poll is underway, police said.
Protesters started pelting stones on polling booths in some areas of Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency, a police official said.
He said stone-pelting incidents were reported from Budgam and Ganderbal districts of central Kashmir which are part of Srinagar Parliamentary constituency where polling began at 7 AM.
In Budgam district, stone-pelting incidents were reported from Hafroo Batpora in Chrar-e-Sharief Assembly constituency, Gooripora area in Beerwah, Dardpora and Soibugh in Budgam and Hayatpora in Chadoora assembly segments, the official said.
He said in Wakura area of Ganderbal Assembly constituency, a polling station was without electricity and as the Power Development Department linemen tried to rectify the snag, some protesters pelted stones on them.
Govt forces swung into action and chased away the protestors, the official said.
Meanwhile, normal life was affected in the three poll-bound districts of the Valley due to a strike called by separatist groups, who have asked people to stay away from the election process.
Most of the shops, fuel stations and other business establishments in the districts of Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal were shut, while public transport was off the roads, the official said.
He, however, said that few private cars were seen plying in these areas.
The government has declared a holiday for today in these three districts. PTI

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