One dies in Srinagar by-poll violence

Srinagar, (IANS) One protester was killed and another critically injured when police opened fire at an anti-poll mob that attacked a polling station where by-election for the Srinagar-Budgam parliamentary seat was being held on Sunday.

Police said a violent mob attacked a polling station at Dalwan village of Charar-e-Sharif assembly segment in Budgam.

The protesters damaged EVMs and prevented voters from exercising their franchise.

“Security forces opened fire to protect the polling staff,” police said here.

Mobs also torched a bus and damaged EVMs at some other polling stations in Budgam, police said.

A low voter turnout was witnessed till noon after polling started at 7 a.m in Budgam, Srinagar and Ganderbal districts.

At least 2,61,397 voters are eligible to cast vote in the Srinagar-Budgam seat where 1,559 polling stations have been set up.

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