Polling Disrupted: Unknown Gunmen Shoot J&K District Development Council Candidate Anees-ul-Islam

India

In a first since losing its special status in August 2019, Jammu and Kashmir last week kicked off the District Development Council (DDC) elections. The elections, which are supposed to conclude after eight phases of polling, entered their third phase on Friday. Penetrating the heavy security deployments around booths, a terror attack created havoc.

Anees-ul-Islam, a candidate from Jammu and Kashmir’s “Apni Party” contesting in the DDC elections was shot in the hand by unknown gunmen in a bid to disturb the polling process that had been going smoothly before the incident.  

Anees was attacked in the Sagam area of Anantnag in South Kashmir after which he sustained injuries and was shifted to a local hospital. 

Indian journalist Aditya Raj Kaul – who is a Kashmiri Pandit by birth and is currently working independently – shared a picture of Anees getting treated by doctors in the hospital, confirming the attack.

​While more details about the forces responsible for the attack are awaited, the news has created a major buzz on social media.

Netizens, especially from Jammu and Kashmir, have blamed Pakistan for trying to disrupt peace in the valley.

​The attack by unknown gunmen comes just hours after videos of Jammu and Kashmir residents dancing and celebrating their votes in the DDC elections surfaced online.

​Up to 2,644 polling stations have been established across Jammu and Kashmir amid a heavy security deployment and…

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