x

Like our Facebook Page

   
Early Times Newspaper Jammu, Leading Newspaper Jammu
 
Breaking News :   Governor condoles demise of IGP Pani’s mother | Governor places Rs. 5 crore per district to Kick-start Back to Village works | Bhim Army chief Chandrasekhar Azad, supporters detained for violence during Ravidas temple protest | Rajnath Singh, Air Chief Dhanoa to receive first Rafale jet in September | PM Narendra Modi to embark on two-day state visit to France; counter-terrorism, defence top on agenda | Politicians cut to size: new J&K Govt to have 9 Ministers only | Registration of vehicles by Transport deptt runs at snail's pace | In Kashmir’s commercial hub a shopkeeper shows way to support Modi's decision | Employees wear casuals, fearing for stone pelters | Situation being monitored across all the places: DIG Central Kashmir | Ex BJP MLAs mull countering their probable replacements | J&K govt grants MoS status to mayors of Jammu and Srinagar | Residents of Ashram Road Sunderbani without power supply for 10 days | Governor places Rs 5 crore per district to Kick-start Back to Village works | New dawn awaits Jammu: Munish to people | Will distribute my salary among needy' | MP Tsering Namgyal in discussion with Union ministers for development in Ladakh | DB grants time to State for filing report | LeT militant killed in Baramulla encounter | Aftermath of Article 370's abrogation; Bathindi Traders concerned over immediate losses, hopeful of bright future | Kashmir Rail project: Div Com asks Reasi, Ramban DCs to resolve bottlenecks, land cases | Mirchi shopping Carnival spread smiles among Monika Super Market customers | New health warnings on tobacco products packs from Sept 1 | No immediate plan to withdraw troops from J&K: Union Minister | Higher penalties for traffic rule violations from September 1 | Day-time relaxations continue in Kashmir; students stay away from schools | Pakistan's ISI planning to carry out terror attacks in J&K to draw international attention | Massive outreach by Governor; advisor to hold open hearing in Srinagar ahead of Friday prayers | Jammu man duped of Rs 60 lakh by cyber fraudsters, case registered | Terror-funding: Court sends ex-J&K MLA Rashid Engineer to judicial custody | After peace prevails, all political activists released in Kishtwar, Govt shifts focus on developmental activities | AMSI takes up Industrial issues with Principal Secy I&C | Hal Sashti celebrated with religious fervor | DSSP wings demand immediate restoration of 'Dogra Certificate' | Plantation drive conducted | Sat inaugurates newly constructed lanes at Ward 41 | J&K: "Experts" should take back seat; let the people decide their future course | No third party intervention on Kashmir | Reorganisation of J&K and revocation of Article 370 & 35-A is an internal matter of India | Mayor tours old Jammu city areas | AHD organises plantation drive | Jammu industry facing financial crunch, claims BBIA | AOI demands extension in GST return filing date | 2 day BLOs training regarding special summary revision held | DYM appeals for larger participation in Lord Krishna Shobha Yatra | DYSS organises Inter Zone District Level Tournament | VRS given SRTC workers stage protest demonstration | DC Ramban conducts public outreach programme at Gool | Advisor Sharma to meet public on August 23 | Director CAD visits sub division Sarore | DDC Rajouri holds public outreach camp | Tugga Biradari congregation on August 25 | ICLAF celebrates Birth Anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi | KCSC A thrashes KCSC B by 17 runs | Inter School Chess Competition organized at Shiksha Niketan | Don't take people of Jammu region for granted, Harsh warns Union | DDC reviews formulation of MGNREGA convergence plan | BOMIS organizes career guidance and counselling session | Guest Lectures organized at YCET | House arrest of leaders attempt to gag voice of opposition: Indu Pawar | Anti drug rally flagged off at GDC Udhampur | Civilian killed in heavy mortar shelling by Pak army along LoC | Some Balmiki families had PRC in year 1957, says Kavinder Gupta | DPS Jammu excels in Inter-DPS Table Tennis Competition | State, Centre behaving like dictators: DCC | Pakistan violates ceasefire in Sunderbani sector | Labour Ministry plans to set up office in J&K: Gangwar | Cong leaders condemn eviction of Azad from Jammu Airport | Natrang' artist receives NUBKYSNA award | Athletes from J&K will now get better facilities: Marry com | BJP defends restrictions in state after revocation of special status | Article 370 scrapped, now a proposal to make Jammu & Kashmir a religious hub | PCCF reviews functioning of Forest department in Jammu | Prof Gupta hails PM's bold move | 80 separatists from J&K to be shifted to Karnal jail | MPEJ castigates Congress' dilemma over Article 370 | Power shut down | TDF welcomes abrogation of Article 370 | Sale of nylon thread for kite flying banned | PDD to hold Bijli Adalat on Aug 31 | AIBCU criticizes Congress for 'indiscipline' | Traders Federation demands extension of filing GST return | BJP gears up for organisational polls in Jammu & Kashmir | 2 drug peddlers held, contraband capsules seized | Back Issues  
 
news details
Residents of Nuner village pledge 'not to vote' at militant's funeral
4/19/2019 12:18:56 AM
Early Times Report
GANDERBAL, Apr 18: The residents of this village in Ganderbal district of Jammu and Kashmir today stayed away from polling booths after pledging to boycott voting at the funeral of a local militant, who was killed in an encounter with security forces earlier this month.
Rahil Rashid Sheikh was killed in Imamsahib area of Shopian district on April 6.
Sheikh, a resident of Nuner village of central Kashmir's Ganderbal district - 32 kms from the state's summer capital Srinagar - was pursuing M Tech from a college in Chandigarh.
He joined the militant ranks just three days before the encounter.
The poll authorities had clubbed three polling booths of the village which falls under Kangan assembly segment of Srinagar parliamentary constituency. Stringent security arrangements were also in place to prevent any law and order problem.
According to officials, no voter from the registered electorate of 2,568 in the three booths came to cast their votes at any of the booths till 1 pm - the half-way mark of the allotted voting time of 7 am to 6 pm.
The poll staff, tired of waiting for someone to turn up, was seen basking in the sun for most of the time.
"No one turned up to vote at any of the polling booths here. We have been waiting for the voters, but no one came here," an official at the polling station said.
He said not even a single polling agent reported at the polling station.
"We did not even see any polling agent here. They were also not present in the mock polling that was conducted," the official said.
Outside the polling station, a few youths said the whole area had "sworn" to boycott the polls in view of Sheikh's killing.
"We used to have some polling here before, but his (militant) funeral shook the whole village and we swore not to vote," Hilal Ahmad, a resident of the village, told .
He said it was the first time that the village had witnessed a total boycott.
"We are well past the half-way mark of the voting time, but no vote has been cast and we are sure, there will be no voting today. We are keeping our promise made to the martyr on the day of his funeral," Ahmad said.
Junaid Nazir, who claimed to be a neighbour of the militant, said the village did not vote as "Sheikh's blood had not gone cold yet".
"We are yet to come out of the trauma of his killing. How can we vote in such a situation? He laid his life for us and so, we cannot betray him," he said.
The boycott call by Sheikh's native village also had an impact on nearby villages in Ganderbal as people largely stayed away from the exercise.
"I have not seen such less number of votes cast in these polling stations," Hamid-ul-lah, a resident of nearby Serch village, said.
Election authorities said the state witnessed a polling percentage of 29.6 per cent till 1 pm.
In Kashmir Valley's Srinagar constituency spread over three districts of Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal, the polling percentage was 4.8 per cent, 11.4 per cent and 11.0 per cent, respectively till 1 pm, they said.
  Share This News with Your Friends on Social Network  
  Comment on this Story  
 
 
 
Early Times Android App
STOCK UPDATE
  
BSE Sensex
NSE Nifty
 
CRICKET UPDATE
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
Home About Us Top Stories Local News National News Sports News Opinion Editorial ET Cetra Advertise with Us ET E-paper
 
 
J&K RELATED WEBSITES
J&K Govt. Official website
Jammu Kashmir Tourism
JKTDC
Mata Vaishnodevi Shrine Board
Shri Amarnath Ji Shrine Board
Shri Shiv Khori Shrine Board
UTILITY
Train Enquiry
IRCTC
Matavaishnodevi
BSNL
Jammu Kashmir Bank
State Bank of India
PUBLIC INTEREST
Passport Department
Income Tax Department
JK CAMPA
JK GAD
IT Education
Web Site Design Services
EDUCATION
Jammu University
Jammu University Results
JKBOSE
Kashmir University
IGNOU Jammu Center
SMVDU