“Can’t even meet our relatives without Army’s permission”: Kashmir village boycotts polls

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Srinagar: As large numbers of voters were seen in few polling stations in the valley during DDC polls phase-I, the polling station in north Kashmir’s Jabdi village of Karnah tehsil wore a deserted look throughout the day where zero percent of polling was recorded, local news gathering agency Kashmir News Service (KNS) reported.

According to data revealed by the office of the Returning Officer 13-Tangdar DDC Kupwara, it showed zero percentage of polling in Jabdi village of north Kashmir’s Kupwara during phase-I.

“Among 336 votes, 175 were men while 165 were women, however, no vote was cast till the day culminated”, official data revealed.

On 24 November, locals of Jabdi village protested against the authorities for ignoring their “miseries and hardships.”
Locals during protest in the village had said that they won’t cast their ballots as authorities have left the entire population of the village in the hands of the Army.

Residents had said that they are unable to venture out to meet their requirements without a valid permission from local Brigade Commander. “We cannot meet even our relatives during even and odd times without permission of Army”, locals had said while talking to KNS, adding that since Article 370 was abolished, the border skirmishes between India and Pakistan have multiplied their miseries. (KNS) 

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