Poll-bound areas observe shutdown amid clashes in some parts

Poll-bound areas observe shutdown amid clashes in some parts
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Srinagar, Oct 10: Normal life in parts of the Valley was affected Wednesday in response to the shutdown called by the joint resistance leadership (JRL) against the conduct of civic polls in the state.
Reports said that in parts of Srinagar, all shops, offices, financial institutions and petrol pumps remained closed in Solina, Aloochi Bagh, Batamaloo, Shaheed Gunj, Karan Nagar, Chattabal , Qamarwari, Barbarshah, Fateh Kadal, Munawarabad and other areas where second phase of civic polls were held today.
In Old City, stringent security measures were put in place amid apprehensions of anti-poll protests. CRPF and police carrying riot gear were guarding the deserted streets and lanes and by lanes to keep a check on protesters.
In Parimpora area of the city outskirts, clashes broke out Wednesday evening when youth pelted rocks at the forces deployments when they were returning to their camps after securing polling booths, reports said.
The government forces lobbed teargas canisters to chase away the angry protesters. However, no one was reported to be hurt in the clashes.
Clashes also erupted in parts of south Kashmir’s Anantnag where civic polls were held amidst a complete shutdown in poll-bound areas.
Groups of youth engaged government forces in pitched battles at main town, Janglat Mandi, KP road, Khanabal.
“The forces used tear gas to disperse the stone pelting youth. The clashes continued for over an hour,” witnesses said.
Meanwhile, a shutdown was also observed in wake of the JRL call in Langate, Sumbal, Kunzar, Watergam, Yaripora and Frisal areas of north and south Kashmir. (GNS)