Kashmir: Anantnag bypoll deferred to May 25 amid fresh violence in Valley

The Anantnag bypoll has been postponed to May 25 as fresh clashes erupted in the Valley today.

The Election Commission of India late Monday night decided to defer the Anantnag bypoll in Jammu and Kashmir to May 25. The voting was originally scheduled to be held on Wednesday.

The Srinagar bypoll, which was held on Sunday, was marred by violent clashes between civilians and security forces in which at least eight people lost their lives. The poll also saw a 30-year record low turn out of 6.5 per cent.

Jammu Kashmir Chief Minister Mehooba Mufti's brother Tasaduk Mufti, who was fighting for the Anantnag seat, had appealed to the Election Commission that the bypoll for the constituency be postponed.

FRESH VIOLENCE

Meanwhile, one person was killed after suffering injuries due to stone pelting in Srinagar. A driver hired by security and police officials for election duty died in the incident which took place today evening.

A school in Rawalpura, Shopian, which was a polling booth for the Anantnag bypoll, was also set ablaze.

In Banderpora, Pulwama, on the other hand, a panchayat ghar was set on fire.