Budgam parts shut to mourn last year civilian killings on polling day

Srinagar

A shutdown is being observed in parts of central Kashmir’s Budgam district against the civilian killings on this day last year when Srinagar-Budgam parliamentary constituency went for polls.

Reports from the area said all shops and other business establishments are closed in Chadoora, Charar-e-Sharief, Pakherpora, Dalwan and Rathsuna in Beerwah – the native areas of slain civilians. Public transport is off the roads.

Nine civilians were killed in government forces’ action last year this day. While eight civilians were killed during the protests in Budgam areas, another civilian was shot by the government forces in Barsoo village of Ganderbal district.

The district administration last night ordered the closure of all colleges and higher secondary schools in these areas.

Last year, Srinagar parliamentary seat that was won by National Conference’s Farooq Abdullah recorded only 7.1 percent polling, a record low in the history of Kashmir Parliament elections.

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