Eight killed during bypoll in Srinagar

Srinagar, bypoll
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Minimum of eight people lost their lives in firing and the violent clashes that took place during the bypoll to the prestigious Srinagar Lok Sabha seat.

There was a voter turnout of only 7.14 per cent and there as many as 200-300 civilians and 100 security personnel injured as well.

The main theatre of stone-pelting and violent protests was Budgam, a district that traditionally records high voter turnout in the Valley — in the last Assembly election, the turnout in the district was 59.11 per cent.

A polling booth in Ganderbal was set ablaze after protesters hurled petrol bombs. The Srinagar Lok Sabha seat is spread over three districts including Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal and the main contestants for the seat are Farooq Abdullah, joint candidate of the National Conference and Congress, and Nazir Ahmad Khan, nominee of the ruling PDP.

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