The two injured have been identified as Nazir Ahmad and Halima, the woman who was hit by a pellet fired by the security personnel. The incident happened after the voting process peacefully ended at 5 p.m. in the Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency.
Both the ruling National Conference and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party expressed satisfaction and praised the Election Commission and the local administration for impartiality and fair conduct of the polls. Separatist leaders, including hardline Syed Ali Geelani, moderate Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik have called for a protest shutdown in the Kashmir Valley against the youth’s killing. Shops, educational institutions, public transport and other businesses remained closed in Srinagar while banks, post offices and government offices functioned normally. Kashmir University has announced postponement of all exams scheduled for the day. No untoward incident has been reported from anywhere so far. (IANS)