Clashes erupt in IOK district as Kashmiris boycott Indian polls
SRI NAGAR: Clashes erupted on Monday between youth and Indian forces in Kulgam district of Indian-occupied Kashmir where polling is scheduled for the fourth phase of national elections.
According to Kashmir Media Service, the Kashmiri youths pelted stones at Indian troops stationed at Government Higher Secondary School Qoimoh to protect the polling staff.
The troops fired teargas shells to quell the stone-pelting youth.
The KMS add that there were also clashes in in Bugam village of the district.
Youth threw stones at the guarding troops at Government Higher Secondary School Bugam where five polling booths were set up.
The troops used force and fired teargas shells to disperse the youth.
Out of 3444 electors eligible for vote at five polling stations in Bugam, no vote was cast till filing of the report. Whereas, at 12 polling stations in Qoimoh, Redwani and Khudwani, only 6 votes were cast.
The clashes were going on in the area when this report was filed.
Meanwhile the authorities suspended a train service in the Kashmir valley in the second leg of three-phased election in the Islamabad Parliamentary Constituency.
The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) has called for a poll boycott and strike in Kulgam district.