Srinagar, April 13
Life came to a grinding halt as business and other activities were crippled and traffic was off the roads due to strike called by separatists today in the Central Kashmir district of Budgam, where repoll is underway in 38 polling stations for Srinagar Parliamentary Constituency. Even though separatists had called for strike only in election-bound areas in the district, shops and business establishments were closed and traffic was off the roads in entire Budgam. Very few private vehicles could be seen plying on some interior routes. Additional security force personnel have been deployed in Budgam to prevent any law and order problem. The Election Commission of India had announced re-poll at these polling stations following violence that left eight youth dead and over 100 others injured in security force and police action on poll day on April 9 in the constituency. Seven deaths took place in Budgam while one person was killed in Ganderbal. More than 100 security personnel were also injured in the stone pelting. Authorities have imposed restrictions under Section 144 CrPC in Badgam district, barring where polling will be held, to prevent any law and order.