J&K: Voter beaten, stripped for ignoring election boycott call

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Srinagar, May 9: In a sheer violation of democracy, voters in Kupwara, Jammu and Kashmir, were thrashed and stripped for ignoring the election boycott call. They were also labelled as traitors and pelted with stones for not paying attention to the Boycott calls. A middle-aged man from Kupwara was caned and later forced to strip by a group of youth. And he was not the only one as many met with the same fate in Baramulla and Sopore districts.

PDP leader Javed Ahmed Dar said,"This is not good. My appeal goes to both the administration and Hurriyat to come clean on this. Both voting and boycott are the right of people. The administration should safeguard the people and Hurriyat should clear its stand whether they are its supporters who beat up people."

While the polling turnout was good in Kupwara with 60 percent voter turnout, Baramulla town witnessed groups of youth clashing with the government forces.

Here, the protestors wore masks and kept vigil of the bus stands and thrashed those with ink marks and the others were let go. Surprisingly, the authorities did nothing to stop the ruckus, but the latter said that action could not be taken as the culprits wore masks.

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