Amid shutdown, heightened security Panchayat polls begin in Jammu and Kashmir

Srinagar: Polling for the first phase of Panchayat elections began in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday even as the Kashmir valley is observing a complete shutdown on the call of Joint Resistance Leadership.

At least 47 panchayat blocks will go to the polls in the first phase on Saturday in a nine-phased election process.

Officials told Kashmir Reader that the election will be