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Srinagar: Normal life was affected in poll-bound areas in Kashmir Valley on Wednesday due to a strike called by separatists against the Urban Local Bodies elections in the state.
Voting for the second of the four-phased elections was underway in the Valley. It began at 6:00 AM and will end at 4:00 PM.
Shops, fuel stations and other business establishments were shut in the poll-bound areas of the Valley, officials said, adding some other areas of the city also observed a spontaneous shutdown as shops remained closed.
Authorities have reduced the mobile Internet speeds across the Valley as a precautionary measure, they said.
The officials said public transport was off roads in the poll-bound areas but plying normally in the rest of the Valley.
The government has declared a holiday in the poll-bound areas.
The separatists – under the banner of Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) on Tuesday asked people in the region to observe strike.
“In the poll-bound areas in the second-phase of the elections, people will show their complete disconnect and dismissal by staying away and boycotting this drama,” a statement by Joint Resistance Leadership, comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik, said.
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