Maisuma boycotts polls

Maisuma boycotts polls

Amid stone-pelting, people preferred to stay away from elections in many areas of the city centre including Maisuma on Sunday.

 Srinagar, Dec 14: Amid stone-pelting, people preferred to stay away from elections in many areas of the city centre including Maisuma on Sunday.

Following intense clashes with protestors, Police and paramilitary CRPF personnel had erected concertina wires on roads leading to Maisuma. The entire area wore a deserted look as cops patrolled its lanes while firing tear gas canisters to stop stone-pelting from its interior areas. The roads were dotted with stones and burnt tyres.

“Since last night we have been facing intense stone pelting. We have blocked the trouble spots to prevent stone-pelters from regrouping and attacking us,” a CRPF man posted near GawKadal bridge said.    

Maisuma, a part of Amira Kadal constituency, is considered to be stronghold of incarcerated Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik who had given a call for election boycott. JKLF cadres had pasted election boycott posters across the locality.

Near the lane leading to Malik’s residence, senior police officers were monitoring the situation. Few hundred metres from the spot, three polling booths set-up in a government building wore a deserted look.  Out of 448 votes, just a single vote was polled at Dubji A Maisuma polling station till 10.30 am. The other two polling stations also recorded low turnout with just three and 26 votes out of 586 and 587 votes, respectively. 

In Court Road and GawKadal localities, the scene was no different with lone polling station also recording a low turnout. However, in MandirBagh locality queues were missing as people voted in ones and twos. Till afternoon, 86 votes were polled out of 669 at BasantBagh polling station.