Sheikh, a resident of Nuner village of central Kashmir's Ganderbal district - 32 kms from the state's summer capital Srinagar - was pursuing M Tech from a college in Chandigarh. He joined the militant ranks just three days before the encounter.
State Chief Electoral Officer Shaleen Kabra said the state recorded over 75.3 per cent polling held in 12 districts across 2,714 polling stations, including 2,138 in Jammu division and 576 in Kashmir division.
A spate of resignations by Special Police Officers, triggered by militants specifically targeting them for the first time, has left an uneasy calm in the Valley as civic polls begin tomorrow. The Indian Express on a force that is battling on multiple fronts — poor pay and esteem, and now, fear
Through the day, there were a total of 23 nomination withdrawals in Srinagar which will vote in phase four of the polls — phase one starts October 8. Sources said 15 withdrawals were made in the afternoon following the killings.