Seven hurt in Srinagar clashes

At least seven people were injured during clashes in parts of Kashmir’s summer capital Srinagar on Sunday as the region voted in the fourth phase of assembly elections.

 Two persons including a polling officer were injured when youth attacked a sumo ferrying staff after the conclusion of polls in Tankipora area while clashes broke out at multiple places in Srinagar in the evening.

Officials said soon after the polls concluded, a bus which was ferrying poll staff came under heavy stone-pelting at Tankipora after which the driver lost control and hit an electric poll.

Due to the attack, a polling officer Rauf Ahmad and the driver Arshid Ahmad Khan sustained injuries. Both the injured were rushed to SMHS hospital where they are being treated.

Massive stone-pelting broke out in parts of City including in Maisuma, Habba Kadal, Nawab Bazar, Nowhshehra, Fateh Kadal and Safa Kadal aas youth attacked contingents of police and paramilitary who were retreating after poll duty. Several vehicles were also damaged by youth while as forces retaliated by firing teargas and pepper gas.

The situation was tense in these areas when last reports came in.

Five persons including three policemen were injured after a group of youth attacked an independent candidate’s cavalcade in Soura area of the city.

Officials said youth hurled stones on a cavalcade of Salim Malik, an independent candidate for Zadibal Constituency, near Bilal Colony in Soura.

In the attack, five persons including three policemen and two drivers received injuries and two vehicles bearing registration number JK04A- 9892 and 01S- 255 have suffered damage.

However, the candidate escaped unhurt in the attack, they said.

Soon after the polling concluded, groups of youth stoned the house of a National Conference (NC) Block president in Nawab Bazaar area of Old City.

Official sources said that the house of Abdul Khaliq Sofi was attacked with stones causing damage to the glasses and window panes.

However, no one was injured in the attack.