SF jawan injured in blast, stone pelting, teargassing also reported
Security forces burst teargas shells and resorted to lathicharge to disperse anti-poll demonstrators at different places in Baramulla Lok Sabha constituency, where a security force jawan was reportedly injured in a blast.
Official sources said security forces however, recovered some explosive material from the compound of a polling station at Palhalan, Pattan area in the constituency.
Official sources said unidentified men hurled a bomb at a school, housing a polling booth, at Palhalan in Pattan in the Baramulla district resulting in injuries to a security jawan. Security forces burst teargas shells and also resorted to repeated lathicharge to disperse anti-poll demonstrators, mostly youths at Palhalan. Sources said some people, opposing elections, pelted stones from a distance on a polling booth at Shahgund in Bandipora. However, the stone pelters were chased away by the security forces.
Protests and stone pelting incidents were also reported at Saderkote and Bandipora, Doabgah Shumryal Lolab in Kupwara.
A group of mediapersons alleged that they were not allowed to enter Trehgam, home town of founder of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Mohammad Maqbool Bhat, who was hanged in Delhi's Tihar jail in 1984. Reports of clashes were also received from different areas of main town Baramulla, where security forces had closed all the bridges, connecting the old town with Civil Lines.
However, youths were seen pelting stones on security forces from across the Jehlum river. Security forces also burst teargas shells to disperse them. Late last night, unidentified gunmen attacked a security force party, deployed on election duty at apple township of Sopore, resulting in injuries to an Assistant Commandant, a jawan of CRPF and a soldier. A petrol bomb explosion was also reported in a school at Watergam, causing damage to windowpanes.
(Posted on 08-05-2014)