Poll-bound Kulgam goes for boycott, shutdown

Srinagar, April 29 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, several youth were injured when Indian troops fired pellets and teargas shells during protests against the fourth phase of drama, enacted by India in the name of parliamentary elections in different areas of Kulgam district.

Hundreds of people, mostly youth, raising pro-freedom, anti-India and anti-election slogans marched towards the polling stations set up in school buildings in Qaimoh, Bugam and Kujjar areas of Kulgam and pelted stones on the polling staff. The troop used lathi-charge and fired teargas, but the protesters refused to budge. Then, the forces opened pellet fire directly on the protesting youth, injuring many.

Meanwhile, people overwhelmingly boycotted the fourth phase of the elections in occupied Kashmir, today, as 90 per cent voters stayed away from the polling. Not a single vote was cast on 62 polling booths.

Complete shutdown was observed in the entire poll-bound Kulgam district in the second leg of three-phased parliamentary election on Islamabad’s Lok Sabha seat, today. Call for the boycott and strike was given by the Joint Resistance Leadership. All shops and business establishments were closed while traffic was off the roads. The authorities snapped mobile internet service. Train service was suspended in the Kashmir valley.

The Chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai in a statement issued in Srinagar, today, strongly condemned the midnight raid on the residence of septuagenarian party activist, Master Ali Mohammad Dar, in Hajin by Indian army and police personnel. He said the forces deliberately intimidate and harass pro-freedom activists.

The Mirwaiz-led Hurriyat forum in a statement issued in Srinagar denounced the prevention of hundreds of trucks laden with fruits and vegetables from plying on Srinagar-Jammu highway. The traders associated with Srinagar’s Parimpora fruit mandi, today, closed down their shutters as a mark of protest against the continued denial of the trucks laden with vegetable and fruit on Jammu-Srinagar highway.

Indian forces launched a cordon and search operation in Deyarwani area of Batamaloo in Srinagar. A joint team of Central Reserve Police Force and Special Operational Group of police cordoned off the area and searched the houses.

On the other hand, the High Court Bar Association in a statement issued in Srinagar strongly condemned the ill treatment meted out to the Kashmiri detainees and under-trial prisoners lodged in different jails particularly at District Jail Kathua in Jammu region. The statement said that the detainees were confined to cells for days together and were denied medical treatment. The Bar Association appealed to the International Committee of Red Cross, UN Human Rights Council and all other human rights organizations to take cognizance of these human rights violations.

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