ANANTNAG (Agencies) - Stifling security was enforced in Kashmir as Indias staggered general elections moved Thursday to districts of the Muslim-majority region known as hotbeds of separatist insurgency. Thousands of troops were deployed in the southern Kashmiri constituency of Anantnag-Pulwama segment, where nearly all 1,500 polling stations were rated as hyper-sensitive. Security is as tight as it can be, said police chief Kuldeep Khuda. Voting in Kashmir has been divided into five stages, with most Kashmiri Hurriyat leaders calling for a boycott of the polls in line with their opposition to Indian rule in the region. Voting was slow and in Pulwama town only three ballots had been cast 90 minutes after polling opened. The summer capital of Kashmir, Srinagar, will vote in the fourth round next week, but the town was under virtual lockdown on Thursday after two days of anti-election protests that left 30 protesters and policemen injured. The clampdown, combined with a general strike called by Kashmiri leaders, meant all shops and businesses were closed, with no traffic on the streets. Key leaders, including Syed Ali Geelani, were placed under house arrest on the grounds they might incite violence. The government has conceded defeat by detaining us and locking down people, said Geelani, who described the elections as an exercise in futility.