Only 6.5 percent of voters voted in the Srinagar Loksabha by poll on Sunday. Voting was held amidst protest by locals against the election which saw six people dead. 6.5 percentage voting worst in 30 years. More than 100 security personnel were injured in the violence.
Six people were killed and several injured when security forces opened fire on a stone- pelting mob that stormed a polling station in Budgam district in Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency today, disrupting polling which saw an abysmally low 3.3 per cent turnout till 11 AM.
Hundreds of protestors stormed a polling station at Pakherpora in Chrar-e-Sharief area of Budgam district and ransacked the building, officials said.
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. Those killed were later identified as 20-year-old Mohammad Abbas and 15-year-old Faizaan Ahmad Rather, the officials said, adding both died of bullet wounds.
In another incident, security forces opened fire to quell a stone-pelting mob in Ratxuna Beerwah area, leaving one Nissar Ahmed dead.
National Conference president Farooq Abdullah, on casting his vote in Srinagar, condemned the poll violence. “Elections should have been peaceful today, this government has failed in giving a peaceful atmosphere for people to come and vote,” he told ANI.
Former chief minister of the state, Omar Abdullah, too said the election process in J-K has deteriorated this year. “I have been a politician for 20 years. I have never seen such a bad situation for elections and campaigning in the state. It is the failure of State Govt, Centre and Election Commission,” he is quoted as saying by ANI
The officials said the BSF, deployed for security of the polling stations, fired live rounds as they were not provided with pellet guns.
Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah is contesting the Srinagar seat that fell vacant after the resignation of Peoples Democratic Party leader Tariq Hameed Karra during last year’s unrest following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.