Presiding officer killed, 5 injured in militant attack

Presiding officer killed, 5 injured in militant attack

Srinagar: A polling official was killed and five others, including two policemen were injured Thursday when suspected militants attacked a polling party in Shopian district of south Kashmir, police officials said.
Militants opened fire on the polling party when they were leaving the polling station at village Nagbal at the end of the voting exercise late Thursday evening, they said.
A teacher identified as Zia-ul-Haq, of Hurpora Shopian, who was on poll duty, was killed and five others, including two policemen and a CRPF trooper, were injured in the attack, police said. A polling staff member Zubair Ahmad Indrabi, of Shopian, was among the injured.
Immediately after the incident, people came out on the road and started pelting stone on the passing vehicles and blocked the road. Senior police officials have rushed to the spot.
No militant outfit has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.
Meanwhile, polling staff was attacked at Meemandar in Shopian, Achan (Pulwama) and Khrew, Pampore.
Reports said scores of youth attacked polling staff at Meemandar as a result their vehicle turned turtle. Six polling officers received minor injuries.
At Achan, protestors made CRPF personnel who were accompanying polling staff hostage and damaged their vehicles. Protestors also damaged some CRPF and army vehicles at Khrew.
A Sector Magistrate Sanaullah told a local news agency CNS that he was forced to take refuge in a house after agitated youth tried to attack a polling station at Muran, Pulwama where he had gone to inspect the proceedings. “My security guards left me alone as they ran for cover. I was saved by few locals,” he said.