Government blocks internet yet again
Budgam, April 13: Amid massive security arrangements, the re-polling was held in some parts of Central Kashmir on Thursday. The polling stations in Chadoora Assembly constituency, where re-polling was held includes 31-Bogam Batepora (B), 32-Bogam Batepora (B), 33-Nowbug, 39-Chack Mahand-Joo-Dhar, 52-Wathora (B), 54-Zoolwah, 55-Gopalpora (A), 56-Gopalpora (B), 57-Dooniwari, 60-Kralpora (A), 61-Kralpora (B), 63-Kralpora (D), 65-Dharambug (A), 66-Dharambug (B), 87-Bagi Mehtab (B) and 98-Dharambug (C).
In Budgam Assembly Constituency, the re-polling was held on 22- Nusurullah Pora (B), 23-Nusurullah Pora (C), 28-Galwanpora (A), 30-Haripora, 32-Wara Sangam, 40-Soibug (H), 107-Putlibagh and 120-Galwanpora (B) polling booths.
Similarly, in Beerwah Assembly Segment, the re-polling was held on 15-Kanihama, 29-Badran (B), 34-Peerpora, 89-Sehpora and 94-Gundipora (A) polling booths.
Likewise, the re-polling was also held on 7-Repora, 9-Gopal Saif (A), 16-Nowpora, 38-Chrar-i-Sharief (M), 86-Kanir (A), 87-Kanir (B), 90-Hushroo and 91-Wagam of Chrar-e-Sharief Assembly Segment and polling booth number 79-Kandora (B) of Khan Sahib Assembly Constituency.
Reports said that authorities shifted the Naslanpora B and C polling station to Tankipora in district Budgam in wake of possible protests. An official told CNS that the decision was taken keeping in view the clashes that erupted on last Sunday.
Reports added that Police and paramilitary personnel had been deployed in strength to maintain law and order. Sources said that people in some areas had migrated to other areas. “Restrictions had been placed on the movement of people while forces had been deployed in strength to prevent any violence at 38 polling stations where re-poll was held,” said an official.
Authorities snapped broad band internet to block information. The mobile internet is already blocked in Valley.
Only 7 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the first two hours of re-polling for Budgam district. Official sources said 221 votes were cast at 38 polling stations. Voting began at 7 a.m. and ended at 4 p.m. Reports said that over 338 votes were polled at Doniwara, the native village of National Conference leader Ali Muhammad Dar till 1 pm. Six votes were polled at Kanir and 2 votes were polled at Charar-e-Sharif till 1 pm. Reports said that majority of the polling booths were deserted and people didn’t venture into those polling stations.
An official said that 519 votes were polled out of 35179 votes in 38 polling stations up to 2 pm. Reports said that less than thousand votes had been polled when the polling was about to end.
Reports added that overall situation remained peaceful; however, stray incidents of stone-pelting were reported from Soibugh and Nasrlapora areas of Budgam district. (CNS)