One killed in J&K attack

18 others were injured when militants lobbed a hand grenade at a polling booth in Anantnag LS seat in J&K.
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Updated on May 05, 2004 03:24 PM IST
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In a bid to disrupt the elections in this Lok Sabha constituency, militants carried out several grenade attacks and also detonated an IED targeting election and security related installations, killing one person and injuring eighteen others, official sources said.

Militants lobbed a rifle grenade towards a polling station set up at government women’s college at around killing a civilian Ghulam Hassan Lone and wounding two others, the sources said.

Fifteen persons, including five policemen and four poll officials, were injured when militants lobbed a grenade at a polling station at Bijbehara, the sources said.

The sources said a BSF jawan was injured when militants hurled a grenade at a polling booth at Sofshalibugh in Kokernag area around 9.50 am.

Militants also carried out grenade attacks on polling stations at Akhran-Gazigund, Larnoo-Kokernag and Zainapora-Shopian but there were no reports of any casualty in the incidents, the sources said.

They said an improvised explosive device was set off by militants at Arwani in Dooru area around 10.35 am, but none was hurt in the explosion.

Militants also opened indiscriminate firing on Larnoo polling station around 9 am, but no one was hurt.

Strike disrupts normal life in valley

Normal life was disrupted in Srinagar and other major towns of Kashmir valley on Wednesday following a strike call given by separatist and militant organisations against holding of parliamentary elections in Jammu and Kashmir.

The strike coincided with the commencement of elections in Anantnag parliamentary constituency of the state and reopening of civil secretariat and other offices in the summer capital Srinagar after six months of functioning in the winter capital Jammu.

The usual hustle and bustle was missing in the main market in Srinagar, and Baramulla and Kupwara districts of north and Badgam district of central Kashmir on Wednesday as shopkeepers observed a shutdown in response to the strike. The strike was called by both factions of Hurriyat Conference and Kashmir Bar Association and was supported by almost all other separatist organisations and front-ranking militant outfits.

By observing strike on Wednesday, we will demonstrate to the world that Kashmiris do not want elections but a permanent solution to the long standing Kashmir issue, the separatists had said.

The sources said work in government and semi-government offices was also badly affected in view of the strike due to non-availability of transport.
Educational institutions, banks, court and other establishments also remained closed in view of the strike, they said.

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