Shutdown in city, no internet on election day

Shutdown in city, no internet on election day

Srinagar: A complete shutdown was observed on Thursday to boycott the Lok Sabha election for Srinagar constituency.
On the call of the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yaseen Malik, shutdown was observed by people but there were no barricades, no frisking, and no checking on roads as tight security arrangements had already been made for polling day. However, the polling stations were strictly guarded by the security forces to avoid any chance of disruption in voting.
Apart from the Jammu and Kashmir police, central paramilitary forces personnel from CRPF, ITBP, SSB and BSF units were also deployed to provide safe and secure environment to the voters.
As per reports, 1,716 polling parties were dispatched for various polling stations across the Srinagar parliamentary constituency that is spread over three central Kashmir districts of Ganderbal, Srinagar and Budgam, to conduct smooth polling.
All shops and other business establishments were shut during the day in all areas of Srinagar city. The roads looked deserted and there was no public transport plying on the roads.
Government offices and educational institutions were closed as the government had declared a holiday on account of election day.
The markets in civil lines areas as well as in the old city including Nalahmaar, Gada Kocha, Gada Bazar, Zaina Kadal, Saraf Kadal, Malaratha, Bohri Kadal, Nowhatta were closed throughout the day.
Stone-pelting was reported from some downtown areas including Safa Kadal, Eidgah, Darish Kadal, and Noor Bagh. However, there was no report of any untoward incident or injury during the stone-pelting.
Mobile internet services were snapped on Wednesday night in central and south Kashmir and speed was reduced to 2G in north Kashmir as a precautionary measure.