Srinagar bypolls: Internet services halted in Lok Sabha seat

09 April 2017, 08:05 AM
Representational Image (Source: PTI)
Representational Image (Source: PTI)

To prevent floating of rumours by anti-national elements, internet services in three districts falling under the Srinagar Parliamentary constituency which are going to polls on Sunday have been shut down from midnight as a precautionary measure.

Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal, which form part of the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat, will have no Internet connections amid reports that Pakistan-based groups were engaged in spreading disinformation on the eve of polls, official sources said.

They said the ban would be removed immediately after polling ends in the Lok Sabha seat for which National Conference president Farooq Abdullah was having a virtual direct contest with ruling PDP's Nazir Khan.

Read more: Srinagar LS bypoll: 1,500 hyper-sensitive polling stations, Farooq Abdullah in fray; militants try to scare voters

Stone-pelting incidents were reported from various parts of Budgam and Ganderbal area in which two police personnel were injured.

Crowds indulged in stone pelting in Chadoora, Beerwah, main town Budgam and Pandich and Wakoora in Ganderbal, official sources said, adding one CRPF constable was injured in Budgam and at Wakoora in Ganderbal.

Police was making all attempts to prevent mob from growing bigger and bigger and at places it had to resort to tear gas shelling to disperse the mob.

First Published: Sunday, April 09, 2017 07:03 AM
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