Srinagar By-Poll: 6.5% Turnout; Indian forces kill 6 Kashmiri protesters

The assembly constituency of Anantnag was left vacant previous year when Mehbooba Mufti resigned from the Lok Sabha to take over as Chief Minister after her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed's death. "The turnout was 7.09 per cent".

According to First Post Jammu and Kashmir chief electoral officer Shantmanu, said that a re-poll is likely in Sringar considering the poor voter turnout. It will be held on April 12.

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party asked the Election Commission to postpone the Anantnag election, party sources said. In its report to the Election Commission, the State administration expressed apprehension that there might be attempts to thwart the polling process and recommended that the byelection be deferred for the time being. "You can't force people to rush to polling stations and vote amid violence", he said.

While 16 polling stations or booths are located in Chadoora, eight are in Budgam, five in Beerwah, one in Khan Sahib and eight in Chararisharief.

Kashmiri protesters throw stones on Indian security men outside a poling station during a by-election to an Indian Parliament seat in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Sunday, April.

Paramilitary forces fired bullets and shotgun pellets as people protesting against Indian rule stormed polling stations near Srinagar on Sunday.

Mobs attacked the polling stations, damaging the EVMs and ransacking the polling stations, at almost 100 places in Budgam.

India-held Kashmir has been in a phase of unrest since past year when Indian security forces killed Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.

In response to the civilian deaths, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said, "I am distressed to know that many of those killed were young or teenagers who have yet to understand the intricacies of the issues".

"Tassaduq's statement is an indictment of his sister Mehbooba Mufti's government and its abject failure".

Security was stepped up after separatists extended shutdown call till April 12 - election day in south Kashmir, the authorities also made a decision to suspend the internet services and postphoned the university examinations scheduled.

  • Leroy Wright