Doda recorded 75 per cent polling, Kishtwar followed at 72 per cent. Elsewhere, officials said polling percentage was 84 in Udhampur, 83 in Reasi, 79 in Ramban, and 79.42 in Kathua districts of Jammu region.
Hussain, who spearheaded the agitation against the rape-murder an eight-year-old girl in Kathua district, has allegedly been threatened to be “brutally” killed in custody before he reaches the court for his next hearing, which is scheduled on September 25.
Following the incident, vigil has been stepped up along the International Border. Though senior BSF officials were tight-lipped over the matter, sources said they had lodged a strong protest with their Pakistani counterparts.
Massive search operations had been going on in Jhajjar nullah and areas around it including Jhajjar Kotli and Kakriyal ever since three militants escaped on Wednesday morning after firing at a police party.
“The BJP wants elections to be held, but first the safety of candidates and local people will have to be ensured,” former deputy chief minister Kavinder Gupta, who was part of the party delegation that met Malik Friday, said.
“Vohra ko hum nahin laana chahte the... Woh apni dafli bajata tha... Abhi Governor aaya hai, woh hamara banda hai (We did not want to bring Vohra... He used to tomtom his own achievements... The Governor who has come now, he is our man).”
J-K: The arrest was made after a local resident lodged a complaint with Rajouri DC Mohammad Aijaz. “I have ordered police to take stringent action against the accused as his post had the potential to disturb law and order in the border district,’’ the DC said.
Gagan Bhagat, the MLA from RS Pura, in Jammu division, has asked people of Jammu, where many are believed to be in favour of the law being struck down, to discuss the issue and raise their voice in support of Article 35A.