Polling aftermath: Voters thrashed, stripped

Srinagar: A day after elections for Baramulla Lok Sabha constituency, several people who had cast their vote were on Thursday thrashed and stripped by youth in Baramulla and Sopore towns.
Reports said groups of youth stopped vehicles coming from remote areas like Uri and Kupwara at volatile old town Baramulla and Sopore bus stand and asked the people to show their index fingers.
“Those who had ink mark on their index finger were thrashed and many others were stripped,” an agency report said, adding that the windowpanes of around 10 vehicles belonging to Kupwara were smashed by youth at Sopore bus stand and Iqbal Market.
“Groups of youth thrashed people who were coming from Rafiabad, Khadniyar and Handwara at Cement Bridge Baramulla, Azad Gunj and Tawheed Gunj,” reports said, adding “index fingers of many women were also checked.”
The Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) North Kashmir, Ghulam Hassan Bhat told GNS news agency that a vehicle from Kupwara was stopped in Sopore and checked by youth. “After checking the vehicle, there was thrashing incident. Police reached the spot and they were chased away,” Bhat said.
He said that another incident was reported from Azad Gunj area of Baramulla but no one was thrashed. “We controlled the situation and everything is alright now,” he added.