Polling staff attacked by youth in parts of South Kashmir

KL Report

SRINAGAR

A day before polling in South Kashmir, youth attacked polling staff and their vehicles at several places in the region during which forces resorted to aerial firing, officials said.

Officials, wishing not to be named, told GNS that polling staff and their vehicles were stoned by youths at Sambora in volatile Pulwama district. In the attack, glasses of several vehicles were smashed while forces men also fired several gunshots in air to disperse the youth. However, no one was injured. At Tahab, a similar incident took place in which two vehicles got damaged.

In another attack, the polling staff and their security personal came under stone-throwing attacks at three places in the mountainous district of Shopian. The attacks took place at Kundalan, Pinjora and Rawalpora. No one was injured in the attack.

Meanwhile, for the second straight day, a complete shutdown was observed in Shopian against the ‘detention’ of several youths on the eve of polls. The Shopian district – which falls under Islamabad constituency – is going for polls tomorrow.

Locals informed that during shutdown, minor clashes erupted between youth and government forces at Batapora and Mangam. However, no one was reported injured. (

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