Anantnag by-election in Jammu and Kashmir postponed over fears of violence

Internet services suspended in Kashmir districts voting underway

Three people killed, several injured during protests in India's Kashmir

It may also decide on the Lok Sabha bypoll to Anantnag constituency scheduled for April 12 based on the feedback of state election authorities.

Earlier, PDP member Tassaduq Hussain Mufti appealed to the Election Commission (EC) to postpone the bypolls in Anantnag after 8 people died in the Budgam district on Sunday during clashes between youth and security forces.

Shops, businesses, and educational institutions remain closed in Indian occupied Kashmir on a strike call given by the joint Hurriyat leadership to protest the killing of twelve civilians by the government prior to a weekend by-election, officials said.

There were 190 incidents of stone pelting, 120 polling booths were made dysfunctional, 24 EVMs were looted, two schools burnt down, eight people were killed and 150 others were injured in Srinagar yesterday.

After three days of protests, normalcy returned in the Kashmir Valley on Wednesday as the separatists called off the two-day shutdown.

Three people were killed and more than a dozen injured on Sunday when police clashed with protesters during a by-election in Srinagar in India's disputed Kashmir region, an official said.

In Shopian, people took to the streets after security forces arrested suspected troublemakers the night of April 9.

According to reports, protestors in large numbers stormed a polling station at Pakherpora in Chrar-e-Sharief area of Budgam district and ransacked the building.

"I have never seen such violence in my political career spanning six elections".

Former state chief minister Farooq Abdullah, who is contesting the Srinagar seat, slammed the government for its failure to maintain law and order.

Meanwhile, Internet services suspended on the eve of the bypoll to the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat were restored partially on Tuesday afternoon.

The tentative turnout was 6.5 percent, according to Shantmanu, who said a decision on re-polling areas disturbed by violence would be considered. "Peaceful means and not violence are the only way ahead for getting the state out of the present difficulties", she said.

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