ULB polls: Names leaked on social media, J&K police move candidates to ‘protected locations’

Srinagar: The candidates in fray for the urban local body elections in Jammu and Kashmir have been moved to “secure places” after the names of some went viral on the social media, reports said on Thursday.

Twenty municipalities will go to polls on October 13. But the strength of candidates being insufficient, voters in only four of these municipalities will cast their vote. “Many candidates will be elected unopposed. With no nominations, most wards will remain unrepresented,” officials said.

Though the authorities took care not to disclose the identity of the candidates, given the threats by militants, the names of some in two municipalities — Aishmuqam and Dooru in Anantnag district — were leaked on the social media. Consequently, the candidates were moved to safer locations.

Tribune India quoting a senior police official explained: “As security cannot be provided to every candidate, we have moved them to protected locations.” 

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