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Lok Sabha elections: Separatist-sponsored strike disrupts life in Kashmir

By PTI
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Srinagar, Apr 11: Life in Kashmir was disrupted on Thursday due to a strike called by separatists to protest against polling for first phase of Lok Sabha elections in the Valley and National Investigation Agency (NIA)'s action against Hurriyat Conference leaders and their kin.

Chairman of Moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Yasin Malik. PTI file photo

Shops, business establishments and educational institutions remained closed due to the strike while attendance in government and private offices was thin, officials said.

Public transport remained off the roads in most parts of the valley but some private vehicles could be seen plying the roads in the city, the officials said.

Polling is being held on Thursday for Baramulla Lok Sabha constituency where 13,12 lakh voters are eligible to decide the fate of nine candidates in the fray.

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The officials said the situation across the valley was so far peaceful with no untoward incident reported from anywhere.

Joint resistance leadership, an amalgam of separatist conglomerates, has called for a shutdown.

They said the strike is also to protest against the closure of Kashmir's main highway for civilians for two days in a week and alleged attack by police and security forces on inmates at Central Jail Srinagar.

Appealing people to stay away from Lok Sabha polls, separatists said shutdown will be observed in areas which are going to polls in the valley in subsequent phases of the elections.

PTI

Srinagar Fact Check
Year
Candidate's Name Party Result Vote Vote Share Margin
2017
Farooq Abdullah JKNC Winner 48,555 7% 10,776
Nazir Ahmed Khan JKPDP Runner Up 37,779 0% 0
2014
Tariq Hameed Karra JKPDP Winner 1,57,923 51% 42,280
Farooq Abdullah JKN Runner Up 1,15,643 38% 0
2009
Farooq Abdullah JKN Winner 1,47,035 52% 30,242
Iftikhar Hussain Ansari JKPDP Runner Up 1,16,793 41% 0
2004
Omar Abdullah JKN Winner 98,422 50% 23,159
Advocate Ghulam Nabi Lone JKPDP Runner Up 75,263 38% 0
1999
Omer Abdullah JKN Winner 55,542 57% 36,859
Mebooba Mufti IND Runner Up 18,683 19% 0
1998
Omar Abdullah JKN Winner 1,44,609 60% 70,839
Aga Syed Mohdi INC Runner Up 73,770 30% 0
1996
Ghulam Mohammad Mir INC Winner 55,503 19% 1,599
Farooq Ahmad Anderabi JD Runner Up 53,904 18% 0
1989
Mohammad Shafi Bhat JKN Winner 0 0% -3,67,249
1984
Abdul Rashid Kabuli JKN Winner 3,67,249 81% 2,86,277
Muzaffer Ahmed Shah IND Runner Up 80,972 18% 0
1980
Farooq Abdullah JKN Winner 0 0% -2,10,072
1977
Akbar Jahan Begam JKN Winner 2,10,072 68% 1,22,641
Molvi Iftikhar Hussain Ansari IND Runner Up 87,431 28% 0
1971
Shamim Ahmad Shamim IND Winner 1,28,948 62% 57,808
Bakhshi Gulam Mohd INC Runner Up 71,140 34% 0
1967
B.g. Mohamad JKN Winner 59,415 47% 9,236
A.m. Tariq INC Runner Up 50,179 39% 0

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