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Voters clash with separatists in Srinagar; results on Sunday

SRINAGAR: Even as Jammu &Kashmir waits for election results, anti-poll activists have clashed with voters in many places here. Over a dozen people were reportedly injured in these clashes that included a middle-aged man, who received a bullet injury in police action on Thursday.

On Thursday, there were reports of certain groups operating in many city localities and marshaling individuals carrying indelible ink marks on their fingers. By afternoon, they attacked a few houses in old city.

The attackers, mostly young men and non-voters, alleged they attacked the houses of those who were claiming to be with the Tehreek (movement), but were eventually seen voting on Wednesday. A similar attack was reported from Chanpora as well. A group pelted stones on the ancestral home of a PDP leader in Batamaloo. After seven weeks, Jamia Masjid in Srinagar witnessed a Friday congregation. Separatist Mirwaiz Umer Farooq told the congregation that an election held in presence of a few lakh soldiers is not credible, and will not impact the disputed status of Kashmir. This was his first public appearance after remaining under house arrest for over two months.

In a separate incident on Friday, supporters of two contestants from the Shia locality of Zadibal clashed with each other. In almost an hour of rioting, they damaged many houses till the police restored order. The votes are being counted on Sunday, and results will be out well before dusk.
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