BUDGAM: Dozens of civilians and several government forces’ personnel were injured after day-long clashes in different areas of Budgam on the day of parliamentary elections on Thursday.
Police officials said that scores of civilians and forces’ personnel sustained injuries after clashes erupted in Hafroo, Kandura, Nasrullahpora, Beerwah, Charar-e-Sharief, Chadoora and other areas.
All shops and business establishments, government and private offices were closed across the valley as part of a state-wide shutdown. Private as well as local transport remained off the roads.
As per reports, intense clashes took place at Hafroo Chadoora early in the morning and continued till late evening. During the clashes local youths pelted government forces with stones and the forces retaliated with pellets, bullets, and tear smoke shells.
“During the firing three civilians were injured, among them a teenage boy who was hit in the abdomen. He was shifted to Srinagar for advanced treatment,” sources said.
Election boycott protests were also held in Beerwah, Charar-e-Sharief, Kandura, Kawoosa, Arath, and Narbal areas. Reports said that government forces used live ammunition, pellets, tear gas and pepper gas canisters to disperse the protestors, In response, the protestors pelted stones which triggered clashes.
Eyewitnesses said that in late evening, when the forces’ deployment was returning from polling stations, it was pelted with stones in Beerwah, Chadoora and Nasrullahpora. The forces retaliated with massive tear smoke shelling and pellet firing.
“Scores of youth were injured during the clashes,” sources said.
SSP Budgam Amod Ashok Nagpure told Kashmir Reader that scores of civilians and “security personnel” sustained injuries during day-long clashes. “The situation, however, remained normal throughout the day,” he said.
“The deployment is returning and can share complete details once they reach their respective places,” he added.
Pertinently, internet services were snapped by the authorities a day before elections.