Shutdown, clashes in parts of Kashmir against ULB polls

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Srinagar: Life was disrupted in parts of Kashmir due to shutdown call given by Joint Resistance Leadership in poll bound areas.

Due to strict restrictions in parts of old Srinagar city, the normal business got affected as government had deployed government forces personnel in large numbers on roads.

For the last phase, voting was held in New-Theed, Harwan, Nishat, Brane, Dalgate, Pantha Chowk, Palapora, Tarabal, Kawadara, Hawal, Alamgari Bazar Gilli-Kadal, Nowshara, Lal-Bazar, Botshah-Mohalla, Umer Colony, Jogi Lankar, Kathi-Darwaza, Lokut Dal, Bud Dal, Hazratbal, Tailbal, Habbak, Chatterhama, Zakura, Soura, Buchpora, Ahmad Nagar, Pattan, Ganderbal, Pampore, Khrew, Pulwama, Shopian, Dooru and Verinag.

Reports said that a complete shutdown was observed in poll bound areas where schools and business establishments remained shut.

In Soura area in the outskirts of Srinagar city, massive clashes erupted between protesters and government forces personnel. Protesters pelted stones on forces who retaliated with tear-smoke shells.

Government forces also burst tear smoke shells to break up a pro-freedom protest by the students of Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

The students were protesting against the killing of scholar-turned Hizb militant Manan Wani who along with his associate Ashiq Hussain Zargar of Tulwari Langate were killed in Shatgund Bala area of Handwara town.

Reports said that agitated students pelted rocks at the government forces, who responded by lobbing tear gas canisters which led to the outbreak of fierce clashes.

Students resent forces action of not allowing them to organize a march in favour of Manan Wani.

Clashes were also reported from Lal Bazar area of Srinagar city.

Authorities had reduced internet speed to 2G, thus chocking the free flow of information. (CNS)

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