Update: 3 killed, several injured in poll-related violence in Jammu and Kashmir’s Budgam
Update: Two person was killed and five others were injured in clashes between security forces and protesters as polling for by-election to the Srinagar parliamentary constituency began here, leading to abysmally low voting in many parts.
Srinagar: Petrol bombs were hurled at a polling station in Budgam on Sunday, even as polling was underway for the Srinagar by elections.
Clashes were reported between civilians and police personnel near a polling station in Dalwan Pakerpora area of Budgam, said. Sporadic incidents of stone-pelting were also reported in Srinagar Parliamentary constituency where voting for the bypoll is underway, police said.
Miscreants started pelting stones on polling booths in some areas of Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency this morning, a police official said.
He said stone-pelting incidents were reported from Budgam and Ganderbal districts of central Kashmir which are part of Srinagar Parliamentary constituency where polling began at 7 AM.
In Budgam district, stone-pelting incidents were reported from Hafroo Batpora in Chrar-e-Sharief Assembly constituency, Gooripora area in Beerwah, Dardpora and Soibugh in Budgam and Hayatpora in Chadoora assembly segments, the official said.
He said in Wakura area of Ganderbal Assembly constituency, a polling station was without electricity and as the Power Development Department linemen tried to rectify the snag, some miscreants pelted stones on them.
Security forces swung into action and chased away the protestors, the official said.
Meanwhile, normal life was affected in the three poll-bound districts of the Valley due to a strike called by separatist groups, who have asked people to stay away from the election process.
Most of the shops, fuel stations and other business establishments in the districts of Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal were shut, while public transport was off the roads, the official said.
He, however, said that few private cars were seen plying in these areas. The government has declared a holiday for today in these three districts.