Jammu and Kashmir: Municipality office set on fire in Shopian

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A municipality office in Jammu and Kashmir’s terror-hit Shopian district was set on fire by unidentified people on Monday evening, days after the controversial local body elections held in the state.

According to the sources, most of the building was gutted.

The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) had emerged victorious in four districts of south Kashmir by winning 53 of the 132 wards. The party won 13 of the municipality’s 17 seats unopposed in Shopian as both contestants and voters chose to stay away from the elections.

As per election officials, no nominations were received for the four remaining seats.

The National Conference (NC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), boycotted the civic body polls over the contentious issue of Article 35A and Separatists leaders too had called for the boycott of the polls which resulted in there were many uncontested winners.