Srinagar by-polls: Killings, intense protests mark the day

Srinagar: Killings marred polling in the Srinagar Lok Sabha bye-elections on Sunday as six people were killed and several injured in firing by government forces on anti-election protesters in various parts of the constituency.
Six civilians were killed in central Kashmir’s Budgam district. The killings happened in Pakherpora, Beerwah Chadoora and Magam areas.
Sources said that almost 70 per cent of the polling booths in Budgam district were abandoned by the polling staff due to the spate of protests in several areas.
Army was called out to help forces quell stone pelting protesters in the Ganderbal district of the Srinagar constituency, sources said.
Hundreds of protestors stormed a polling station at Pakherpora in Chrar-e-Sharief area of Budgam district and ransacked a building housing a polling booth, officials said, adding the security forces fired several warning rounds to disperse the mob, which did not relent.
Violence marred polling in some other parts of the Srinagar parliamentary seat as stone pelting incidents were reported from over two dozen other places across the three districts of Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal which constitute the Srinagar constituency, sources said.