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Firing in air, tear gassing, clashes in Pulwama during CM’s election rally
Strike against power shortage for second day
SRINAGAR, Nov 24 : Police fired in air, burst smoke shells and resorted to lathi charge to disperse violent protestors at Pulwama The incident occurred when chief minister Omar Abdullah was addressing the panches and sarpanches in the town.

The town observed complete shutdown for the second consecutive day today against the worsening power scenario in the area.

Shops, business sestablishments and government offices remained shut in the township while transport was also off the roads. Attendance in the government offices also remained thin owing to the non-availability of transport.

Coordination Committee (CC) Pulwama, an amalgam of different trade unions of the town including district development forum (DDF) and Traders Federation had given call for the shutdown in the town yesterday

against the power shortage. The Committee had extended the strike last night following dead lock in talks between it and chief engineer.

Responding to the call of the CC, reports said, complete shutdown was observed in the town for the second consecutive day.

Reports said that the trouble in the town began when chief minister Omar Abdullah, arrived in the town to address the election rally of panches and sarpanches. “As the chief minister was addressing the rally some people from inside started stone pelting at police and CRPF who retaliated with tear gas shelling and aerial firing,” said the reports.

However, reports said, that CM in his brief speech said that the hartals are no solution to any problem. “Demanding basic amenities is the right of the people but hartals can never solve any problem,” reports quoting Omar said. Reports added that several police men were injured in the clashes with youth. “Besides injuries to several policemen a police gypsy was also damaged,” said the reports.

The fierce clashes between the youth and police were on till late evening. Spokesman of the district development forum, DDF, Pulwama, Arshad Ahmad Thokar, said that the entire town is reeling under darkness for last one month. “10 MW transfer which supplies power to the town and other adjoining villages develops snag hardly after one week. We have to bear the brunt of the non-availability of electricity in these chilly winter days. Many a time we had raised the issue of the poor power scenario with authorities but they never listened to us. We were forced to come out on the roads,” Thokar said.
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News Updated at : Saturday, November 24, 2012
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