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By-polls begin for four seats in J&K

The by-elections to Rafiabad, Pattan, Sangrama and Bhaderwah assembly constituencies began on amidst tight security.

india Updated: Apr 24, 2006 11:36 IST

The by-elections to Rafiabad, Pattan, Sangrama and Bhaderwah assembly constituencies of Jammu and Kashmir began on Monday morning amidst tight security arrangements.

Long queues of voters were seen outside the polling booths even before the voting started at 8 am, except in a few areas of Pattan town and Sangrama where response was not enthusiastic, sources said.

Tight security arrangements have been made at all the 376 polling booths across the four constituencies where nearly three lakh voters would decide the electoral fate of 17 candidates, including Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad -- seeking a maiden entry to the state legislature from Bhaderwah constituency in Jammu region.

First Published: Apr 24, 2006 09:05 IST