Separatists called for a 2-day strike from Monday in Jammu and Kashmir to protest the death of 6 persons during voting for Srinagar Lok Sabha bypoll. In one of the worst incidents of poll-violence in the state, at least six persons were killed on Sunday when security forces opened fire to disperse protestors in central Kashmir's Budgam district, where polling in by-election for the Srinagar-Budgam parliamentary seat is being held.
While two persons each were killed Pakherpora in Chrar-e-Sharief, Beerwah and Chadoora areas of Budgam district and one person died in the district's Magam town, which is known as the gateway to Gulmarg. Another person was killed in Barsoo in Ganderbal district. The security forces opened fire reportedly after a mob attacked the polling station in Dalwan village, damaged the EVMs and prevented voters from exercising their franchise.
The security forces opened fire reportedly after a mob attacked the polling station in Dalwan village, damaged the EVMs and prevented voters from exercising their franchise.
"Security forces opened fire to protect the polling staff," a police official said.
A mob torched a bus and also damaged the EVMs at a polling station in Beerwah as also in Wathura area of Budgam district, the police official said. The voter turnout in Srinagar had been just 5.52 percent till 2 pm. Four youths have been killed so far after security forces fired at violent mobs disrupting polling booths across the parliamentary constituency.
Meanwhile, National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah, who is contesting the bypoll to Srinagar Lok Sabha seat, on Sunday claimed that the PDP-BJP government had failed to provide a conducive atmosphere for peaceful election after clashes erupted during polling. "The election should have been peaceful. That's what elections are. People have to show their presence and support to whoever they want to. That is the first and foremost thing about the freedom of this nation.
(With inputs from agencies)
Updated Date: Apr 09, 2017 22:33 PM