In Pictures: Election Day In Kashmir

As the ‘high voltage’ contest of Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency is on, there is mixed feeling whether Dr Farooq Abdullah could retain his title of never losing the elections or else Tariq Hamid Karra will make come back after his defeat in last assembly elections .  With Holiday and strike call, the roads wore deserted look while at places long queues of voters were waiting for their turn to cast vote. The security was unprecedent, while the life had come to stand still. By and large the situation remained peaceful. Kashmir Life’s Bilal Bahadur and Riyaz-ul-Khaliq travelled across to capture what happened within and in the outskirts of city.

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Braving odds of age and situation, the old lady displaying her finger  after she cast her vote in Srinagar.

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After there were disturbances in South Kashmir, Police and civil administration were on toes in managing the day.

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Coalition candidate for Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency Dr farooq Abdullah along  with his Chief Minister son Omar Abdullah and family members on way to polling station in Sonwar to cast their vote.

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Observers believe that what Rai Bareli is for Gandhi’s, Srinagar is for Abdullah’s. Dr Farooq Abdullah and his son Omar Abdullah after they cast vote in Srinagar. Pertinently, Dr Farooq has never lost election in his career.

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Locals said people were desperate in central Kashmir’s Budgam district. In picture is the voters waiting for their turn.

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With gadgets to counter stone pelters and manage any kind of eventuality, para military troops on way to their place of duty.

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First time voters were more enthusiastic to participate in the process. Displaying their voter slips, they were seen buzzing to discuss the developments.

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Youth president of National Conference Salman Sagar on spot at polling station in Srinagar.

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Family support: Sister of PDP candidate Tariq Hamid Karra on way to polling station in Batmalo0. Also was seen Karra’s daughter on toes, probably to see her father a winning candidate.

 

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By and large Srinagar city stayed away from polling. In picture polling staff in relaxed mood, waiting for someone to come.

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Masking their faces, women on way to polling stations determined to cast their votes.

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Huge contingent of para military forces manning the Islamia Higher secondary school in Srinagar. Considered to be the sensitive, this area is known for stone pelting.

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Women coming out of polling station in Srinagar’s Batmaloo area after they cast vote.

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The old city was sealed all across so that any eventuality would have been managed. The large contingent of police was seen in the old city.

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As the voters are in queue to cast their vote, CRPF men on top to keep check and track.

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A lone cycle rider on road when everything else was deserted. The otherwise busy Jahangir chowk has no takers on polling day.

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Bird enjoying flight of freedom.

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As the day went peaceful, the evening was not. As the polling staff left, there was strong  pelting on the vehicles.

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CRPF man and police chasing youth in old city. As the polling staff left, there was strong stone pelting in old city. Reportedly a youth was injured.

 

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