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J&K: Eight killed during Srinagar bypoll; only 6.5 per cent turnout recorded, worst in 30 years

The by-poll from the Srinagar-Budgam parliamentary constituency is being held because the seat fall vacant after the then sitting member Tariq Karra resigned during the unrest of 2016.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 9, 2017 10:22 pm
by elections, by polls, Jammu, Srinagar bypoll, Budgam, Jammu elections, stone pelting jammu, srinagar stone pelting, bypolls, srinagar news, india news, indian express Hundreds of protestors stormed a polling station at Pakherpora in Chrar-e-Sharief area of Budgam district and ransacked a building housing a polling booth. (PTI Photo)

Amid violence that claimed eight lives in police firing, by-election on Srinagar-Budgam parliamentary seat registered just 6.5 per cent turnout on Sunday. This was worst turnout in thirty years.  Amid large scale violence, which claimed the lives of eight civilians, the prestigious seat recorded a turnout at 6.5 per cent, the state’s Chief Electoral Officer Shantanu told journalists. He said more than 100 security personnel were also injured in the violence. The CEO also said that re polling might be ordered on anywhere between 50 and 100 booths.

Army was deployed in different parts of the valley as rampaging mob pelted stones and hurled petrol bombs at various polling booth. In Budgam, hundreds of protesters stormed a polling station and ransacked a building housing a polling booth. The security forces fired several warning rounds to disperse the mob, which did not relent. Six persons were injured in the firing, of whom two later succumbed to injuries.

by elections, by polls, Jammu, Srinagar bypoll, Budgam, Jammu elections, stone pelting jammu, srinagar stone pelting, bypolls, srinagar news, india news, indian express Injured man taken to hospital. (Express photo)

In another incident, security forces opened fire to quell a stone-pelting mob in Ratxuna Beerwah area, leaving one Nissar Ahmed dead. The security forces opened fire after a mob attacked the polling station at Dalwan village and reportedly damaged the EVMs and prevented voters from exercising their franchise. “Security forces opened fire to protect the polling staff,” a police official said.

At least 261,397 voters are eligible to cast vote in the Srinagar-Budgam seat where 1,559 polling stations have been set up. Nine candidates, including National Conference President Farooq Abdullah, are in the fray.

The by-poll from the Srinagar-Budgam parliamentary constituency is being held because the seat fall vacant after the then sitting member Tariq Karra resigned during the unrest of 2016.

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    M.S.Jairam
    Apr 13, 2017 at 11:17 am
    we are paying price for the mistakes committed by Late Maharaja Hari singh, Pandit Nehruji and Sheik Abdullah. Further the mistake was compounded by all the politicians by committing further mistakes for their selfish motives. One has to deal with separatist with iron hand. If the present day politician feel J & K is integral part of India then they should arrest the separatists if they disrupt election and send them to Andaman Jail. No separatists have right to threaten Republic of India with support from neighbouring country. The talk for peace have to be held with all stake holders (Dogras, ladhakis, Gujjars, shias from Kargil etc) not with Kashmir valley politicians only. In the peace talk the leaders from Pak Occupied Kashmir should also be invited as it is part of India. There is no room stan in the peace talk. Too much media coverage is given to Kashmir valley politicians who do not have any say in other part of J & K and neither they have full support in Kashmir valley
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