J-K: Anantnag by-polls deferred till May 25

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

New Delhi [India], Apr. 10 (ANI): In wake of the prevailing tension in the Kashmir Valley, the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Monday deferred the Anantnag by-polls till May 25. Earlier, it was scheduled to be held on April 12. Meanwhile, a school designated as polling station for Anantnag by-polls was set on fire in the Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir. A Panchayat Ghar was also set ablaze in Pulwama district. Earlier today also, a Government Middle school, in Shopian's Padarpora was set ablaze by unidentified people and on Sunday, the Government High School in Pulwama was razed to the ground in a similar manner. Meanwhile, security remains tight and the valley has been turned into a fortress. Booths have been provided maximum security, with hundreds of troopers deployed at colleges and schools where voting will be held. Following the escalation of violence on Sunday, internet services have been suspended in entire Kashmir Valley till Anantnag by-polls on April 12. Apart from this, all Kashmir University exams scheduled to be held upto the Anantnag by-polls have been postponed. New dates for the same will be notified separately. Meanwhile, with another civilian succumbing to injuries, the death toll in the brutal Budgam clashes has gone up to seven. The Srinagar Parliamentary constituency witnessed lowest voter turnout for the by-polls in the wake of the clashes. (ANI)