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Separatists strip, thrash Kupwara residents in Kashmir for voting

Friday, 9 May 2014 - 8:00am IST | Place: Srinagar | Agency: dna

Voters beware! Travelling with indelible ink mark could land you in big trouble in north Kashmir.

Voters hailing from Kupwara and other areas were stripped and thrashed by a group of pro-separatist youth in Baramulla and Sopore townships for defying boycott call and exercising their franchise in last phase of election in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday.

Eyewitness said the youth at Azad Gunj Baramulla and Sopore Bus stand were stopping the vehicles from Kupwara and checking their fingers for indelible ink mark. Those who were having the mark were taken aside and stripped before being beaten black and blue in full public view.

More than seven vehicles were also damaged when youth smashed their wind screens as a mark of retribution for voting in the elections.

"Youth were carrying sticks and stopping the vehicles. They were checking the identity cards and indelible ink mark. Those who were having the mark were taken out and thrashed. Some were stripped in full public view," said an eyewitness pleading anonymity.

Some of the people were seen pleading before the angry youth for mercy. The incident sent shock waves across with police rushing to the spot to disperse the mob and save the people from further humiliation.
Deputy inspector general of police, north Kashmir zone, Ghulam Hassan Bhat told dna that they have identified around seven youth and massive hunt has been launched to nab them.

"We have registered a case and hunt is on to nab the culprits. We have identified seven persons and we hope to arrest them soon", said Bhat

Spread over three districts, Baramulla parliamentary constituency recorded 39.6 percent polling on Wednesday. Kupwara district defied the boycott call of separatists and recorded 63.19 percent polling. Baramulla district recorded the lowest turnout in the constituency with only 25.04 percent casting their ballots. Bandipora district recorded 35. 65 per cent turnout on Wednesday.

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