Tight Security For Fourth Phase Of JK Polls

5 December 2008
The Times of India


Srinagar: Two days ahead of the polling for the fourth phase in 12 assembly constituencies of Jammu and Kashmir, security forces imposed an 'undeclared curfew' on Friday to thwart any attempt by separatists to disturb the electoral process. The campaigning for the fourth phase also came to an end on Friday. Twelve constituencies in Baramulla, Budgam, Udhampur and Reasi districts are going to polls on Sunday. With this, polls would be completed in 33 of the 87 constituencies. Polling in the remaining 55 seats would be held on December 13, 17 and 24. Heavy deployment of police and paramilitary forces could be seen on all the streets with officegoers and others preferring to remain indoors. The Coordination Committee, an amalgam of separatist groups including both the factions of the Hurriyat Conference, had called for peaceful 'pro-freedom protests' outside mosques after the Zuhr (Mid-day) prayers. In the fourth phase 9,02,951 voters in Kashmir's Baramulla and central Budgam districts would vote. The fate of 13 senior politicians and former ministers will be sealed in EVMs on Sunday.