Authorities suspend train service in Kashmir valley

Srinagar, April 29 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, amid complete boycott of the fourth phase of so-called Indian parliamentary elections, clashes erupted on Monday between youth and Indian forces in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district where polling is scheduled for Islamabad Lok Sabha constituency.

Several youth were injured when Indian forces fired pellets and teargas shells on the people protesting against the election being held in Kulgam. People, mostly youth, hit the streets in Qaimoh, Bugam and Kujjar areas of Kulgam and raising anti-India India slogans marched towards polling stations. Youth pelted stones at Indian troops stationed at Government Higher Secondary School Qaimoh and Government Higher Secondary School Bugam to protect the polling staff.

The troops deployed in strength fired pellets and teargas shells and used lathi-charge leaving many protesters injured.

Meanwhile the authorities suspended train service in the Kashmir valley in the second leg of three-phased election in the Islamabad Parliamentary Constituency. “Train service was suspended today as a precautionary measure following apprehension of violence when polling was being held in Kulgam district,” an official said.

It is worth mentioning here that the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) has called for a poll boycott and strike in Kulgam district.

On the other hand, Indian forces on Monday launched a cordon and search operation (CASO) in Deyarwani area of Batamaloo in Srinagar. A joint team of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Special Operational Group of police cordoned off the Deyarwani area and searched the houses.

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