SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- Scuffles have broken out between Indian security forces and pro-independence protesters in the Indian-administered Kashmir ahead of assembly elections in the disputed Himalayan region.
On Saturday, the demonstrators took to the streets in Kashmir’s main city of Srinagar, situated 648 kilometers (403 miles) north of the Indian capital, New Delhi, lighting small fires and pelting Indian soldiers with stones.
Indian troopers, in return, detonated sound bombs and shot tear gas canisters to disperse the crowd.
Assembly elections in Indian-controlled Kashmir will be held in five phases – on November 25, December 2, December 9, December 14 and December 20. The counting of votes and the announcement of the results will take place on December 23.
Pro-independence and opposition groups in Kashmir have already called for a boycott of the elections.
On Saturday, Chairman of Hurriyat Conference Jammu Kashmir (HCJK) Syed Ali Shah Geelani called for a complete strike on November 25 against elections in Kashmir.