Grenade attack on Rohmoo polling station in Pulwama

Grenade attack on Rohmoo polling station in Pulwama

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Militants hurled a grenade towards a polling station in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, where polling is underway for the Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency.

Police said there were no reports of any casualties in the blast and the area has been cordoned off to nab the assailants. This was the first attack by militants on a polling station in the ongoing Lok Sabha election in the state.

While polling has already ended in four out of six constituencies in the state, in the last phase of elections today, the polling is being held in Ladakh and two volatile districts of Anantnag Lok Sabha seat. The polls in Anantnag LS seat are being held in three phases due to security reasons. Anantnag district went to polls on 23 April, while voting in Kulgam district took place on 29 April.

On May 2, indigenous militant outfit Hizb-ul-Mujahideen threatened to “kill those who cast their votes” in the last phase of the Lok Sabha polls in Shopian and Pulwama districts. Posters were seen posted on several walls and electric poles in Shopian carrying a warning by the Hizbul.

The posters, according to locals, appeared in Nadpora, Karewa and adjoining villages in Shopian. The authenticity of the posters could not be verified independently.