Budgam: Massive security measures are in place across Budgam district of Srinagar parliamentary constituency where a re-poll will be held in 38 polling stations on Thursday.
The unprecedented low turn-out and mayhem had left eight dead and hundreds wounded on election day on Sunday.
Repoll will be held at 16 polling booths of Chadoora assembly segment, followed by eight each of Budgam and Chrar-e-Sharif, five of Beerwah and one of Khan Sahib all part of Srinagar constituency.
Seven of the eight killings that took place on Sunday were reported from Budgam district.
At various places, the agitated youth locked polling stations and at few places, they even escorted the security detail of polling stations to the nearest camps. However, at a few places, they snatched the EVMs and destroyed them.
Officials said even though seven killings took place with scores injured, the police and paramilitary forces insist they exhibited restraint.
To pre-empt a repeat of Sundays events, police and security forces were carrying out raids to round up potential trouble makers, a police officer said.
“As many as 50 people have been rounded up and search is continuing for others,” a senior the official said, requesting anonymity.
ANGER REFUSES TO SUBSIDE
Budgam district which has a sizeable Shia Muslim population has had higher voter turnout than others in earlier elections compared to the Sunday bypoll.
According to a Press Trust of India report, people here are quite vocal about supporting the poll boycott called by separatists, which, coupled with unbridled violence, had led to the lowest ever 7.14 per cent polling in the constituency on Sunday.
Personnel of various security and law enforcement agencies are seen securing polling stations. Polling staff had abandoned several of these booths as protesters descended there to enforce the boycott.
There was palpable tension in the area on Wednesday as people were observing ‘Rasm-e-Chaharum’ of those killed in firing by the security forces on the election day. Those killed included teenagers.
Security was the main concern on Sunday and that is the only aspect that is being taken care of more seriously this time. Otherwise, everything is same, a senior police officer said.
Every polling booth will have more than two companies attached for the day long exercise. The deployment of the poll staff will take place from later today.
As per the ECI notification, the polling stations in Chadoora Assembly constituency, where re-polling is to be held include 31-Bogam Batepora (B), 32-Bogam Batepora (B), 33-Nowbug, 39-Chack Mahand-Joo-Dhar, 52-Wathora (B), 54-Zoolwah, 55-Gopalpora (A), 56-Gopalpora (B), 57-Dooniwari, 60-Kralpora (A), 61-Kralpora (B), 63-Kralpora (D), 65-Dharambug (A), 66-Dharambug (B), 87-Bagi Mehtab (B) and 98-Dharambug (C).
In Budgam Assembly Constituency, the re-polling would be held on 22- Nusurullah Pora (B), 23-Nusurullah Pora (C), 28-Galwanpora (A), 30-Haripora, 32-Wara Sangam, 40-Soibug (H), 107-Putlibagh and 120-Galwanpora (B) polling booths.
Similarly, in Beerwah Assembly Segment, the re-polling would be held on 15-Kanihama, 29-Badran (B), 34-Peerpora, 89-Sehpora and 94-Gundipora (A) polling booths.
Likewise, the re-polling would also be held on 7-Repora, 9-Gopal Saif (A), 16-Nowpora, 38-Chrar-i-Sharief (M), 86-Kanir (A), 87-Kanir (B), 90-Hushroo and 91-Wagam of Chrar-e-Sharief Assembly Segment and polling booth number 79-Kandora (B) of Khan Sahib Assembly Constituency.
Meanwhile, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) J&K, Shantmanu Wednesday said that adequate arrangements of security and videography have been made for re-polling at 38 polling stations in Budgam district of Srinagar Parliamentary Constituency being held on April 13, 2017.
The CEO was speaking at a meeting convened to review arrangements for the re-poll. He said that the poll process at all the polling stations will be videographed, besides one micro-observer from central government offices will also be deputed for each polling station where re-polling is being conducted. He said that all other arrangements mandated by the Election Commission of India for ensuring free and fair polls have also been put in place.
The re-polling at the 38 polling stations in Budgam will begin at 7 am and will conclude at 4 pm.
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