Jammu and Kashmir Lok Sabha Elections

Voter Attacked In Kashmir's Shopian after Participating In Fifth Phase Of Polling In Lok Sabha Elections

Written By Digital Desk | Mumbai | Published:

A voter was thrashed after casting his vote in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian on Monday during the fifth phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. 

The voter, identified as Gulam Rasool, was beaten by anti-democratic elements who were attempting to obstruct the election process. 

Amid the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections, earlier on Monday, violence flared up in Kashmir's Pulwama as a grenade was hurled at a government school in the district and a petrol bomb at a polling booth.

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During the third and final leg of voting in Jammu and Kashmir, even stone-pelting was witnessed in Pulwama, though fortunately, no loss of lives or injuries have been reported.

An eerie silence had descended on the streets the district hit by one of the state's worst terror attacks earlier this year, a day before the polling. 

Pulwama, known as the "Anand (delight) of Kashmir" for its congenial climate, innumerable springs and waterfalls, was witness to the worst attack on the forces in recent memory when a suicide bomber rammed his car into a CRPF convoy on February 14, killing 40 Jawans.

Since then the campaign for 2019 Lok Sabha polls has revolved around Pulwama and terrorism with parties making nationalism a key poll issue.

EVMs and polling staff were reportedly airlifted to 24 polling stations of thick military-infested areas.

The National Conference and the Congress confined their political activities to party offices. Meanwhile, Mehbooba Mufti's PDP which has a strong base in south Kashmir, is almost missing and party chief Mehbooba Mufti has preferred to stay away from canvassing.

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The elections to Anantnag Parliamentary seat was divided into three phases, and the two South Kashmir districts Shopian and Pulwama will go to polls in the fifth phase on May 6.


(With PTI inputs)