J&K Civic Polls: Jammu Records 65% Turnout
1 February 2005
The Times of India
Srinagar: Residents around Srinagar's Dal Lake area came out in large numbers on Tuesday, defying a boycott call by militants, as the second phase of civic polls began for Srinagar and Jammu municipal corporations. In other areas, voting started on a dull note due to the chilly weather but picked up later in the day. No serious violence was reported. Jammu recorded 65% turnout, while it was 20% in Srinagar. Police registered a case against NC MLA Ali Mohammad Sagar for assaulting a PDP candidate for Srinagar Municipal Corporation from ward No 36 of Nowhatta locality. Arifa Akhtar said she was beaten up and her vehicle damaged when she was going to a polling booth in Nowhatta around 3.30 pm. Sagar, however, denied the charge. Encouraged by the good turnout during the first phase of polling for Kupwara and Baramullah civic bodies on January 29, people turned out in good numbers to cast their vote to elect 68 members for SMC. The turnout was much better than the last Lok Sabha elections, sources said.