Amidst polls in Srinagar and Udhampur constituencies in phase two of the Lok Sabha polls in progress on Thursday, clashes between stone-pelters and the security forces (CRPF) have erupted in Budgam in the Nasulapora area in J&K. One police personnel has been injured in the ongoing clashes, as per sources. In response to the attempt to disrupt the elections, CRPF has reportedly been using tear gas and other measures to subdue the attackers.
Budgam has been a sensitive area since the exchange of fire occurred between terrorists and security forces in Chathergam village in the district on November 28, 2018.
Voter turnout upto 12:00 PM on Thursday, in J&K Phase two of the Lok Sabha elections, has only been 17.78%. While in the previous phase of elections conducted in J&K's Jammu and Baramulla constituencies had an overall voter turnout of 54.9%, indicating a sharp decrease in voter turnout.
Earlier on the same day, in Raiganj of the North Dinajpur district in West Bengal, clashes had erupted between voters and police because allegedly bike-borne youths were seen stopping voters from casting their vote.
The locals claim that bike-borne youths which have been identified as alleged Trinamool Congress supporters were seen stopping voters from casting their vote. Female voters have been reportedly attacked. The tension among the locals is due to ineffective policing, reports have said. They claim that the police who were on the scene when bikers have attacked voters did not take any action to stop these miscreants. The Election Commission in Raiganj has not given any statement about this incident yet.
Expecting disruption in polls, the EC had requested additional paramilitary and CRPF forces to help them curb such attacks. Currently, the situation is being handled by CRPF personnel who have resorted to lathi charge to keep miscreants away from several polling booths.
The second phase of Lok Sabha polls is underway in 12 states and 1 union territory on Thursday. With 95 Lok Sabha seats in the fray and 52 of them belonging to Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, phase two is a battle for the southern vote. Tamil Nadu, where all 38 Lok Sabha seats are going to polls, is where the BJP-AIADMK-PMK alliance is clashing with DMK-Congress duo.