No respite: Now a polling booth at Pulwama, J&K set ablaze
There seems to be no respite in sight in Jammu and Kashmir. After Srinagar recorded its worst turnout of 6 per cent in the Lok Sabha by-elections on Sunday, violence broke out in Pulwama. A polling booth at the Government High School in Arihal, Pulwama was set blaze ahead of the by-poll for the Anantnag parliamentary seat.
Following the escalation of violence, internet services have been suspended in the Kashmir Valley till the by-polls are held on April 12. Kashmir University exams too have been postponed and a new date is yet to be announced.
Intelligence Bureau officials say that the violence was coordinated. It appears that the same was planned well in advance and a clarion call to disrupt the elections was given through social media channels. It is the same group of people who have been causing unrest in the Valley, the officer also added.
On Sunday 8 people were killed in clashes that broke out in Budgam district. Several people came out on the streets and clashed with security personnel in an attempt to disrupt the Srinagar by-elections. Srinagar witnesses its worst turnout in 30 years at 6 per cent.