ULB polls: Valley observes shutdown on JRL call

ULB polls: Valley observes shutdown on JRL call
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Internet service snapped, woman among several injured in protests

Qasim Bazaz

Srinagar, Oct 8: At least ten people, including a woman was injured during anti-poll protests as a complete shutdown on Monday was observed across the Valley in response to the call given by joint resistance leadership (JRL) against the conduct of municipal and local body polls in the state.
Reports said that clashes broke out in parts of the Valley as the first phase of municipal and local body polls was held today on 83 Municipal Wards from 7 am till 4 pm. The authorities also blocked internet service in Srinagar and south Kashmir to conduct the polls.
In Lankreshipora village of Bandipora, a woman was injured when government forces used tear gas canisters and pellets to disperse anti-election protesters, witnesses said. Shabeena, wife of Javed Ahmad received multiple pellet injuries in the action of government forces.
Earlier, Adil Ahmad Buhru, a BJP candidate from Ward 15 was injured when protesters threw stones at him near Dachigam polling booth. Police, however denied that Buhru was injured.
Clashes also erupted in Old town of the neighbouring Baramulla, where angry protesters engaged government forces in pitched battles in the Old Town, witnesses said. However, no one was injured in the clashes.
In south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, protesters fought pitched with government forces in Janglat Mandi area, witnesses said. One person was injured as the government forces and protesters exchanged brickbats in the area.
Clashes were also reported from many parts of the city outskirts, including Parimpora, Noorbagh, Bagh-e-Mehtab, Mochou and Karalpora.
At Kralpora, government forces lobbed tear smoke shells after failing to disperse anti-election protesters with baton charge. At least four youth, witnesses said were injured in the violent protests that continued for several hours.
In Parimpora and Noorbagh localities, three people were reportedly injured in the stone pelting protests.
Meanwhile, all shops, offices, financial institutions and petrol pumps remained closed today in Srinagar and other parts of the Valley in wake of the strike called by the JRL against the conduct of elections. The shutdown also witnessed thin movement of traffic on the otherwise busy roads and streets of the city and elsewhere. (GNS)