Srinagar: Only 2% turnout was witnessed in re-polling in 38 polling stations in Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency, officials said.

Re-polling had been ordered at these polling stations by the Election Commission (EC) following large scale violence during Sunday’s polls for the prestigious seat.

The by-poll result will be declared on April 15.

Barring a stone pelting incident at Soibagh area in Budgam district, the situation was peaceful in the areas where the polling was held, the officials said.

Miscreants pelted stones at polling station at Soibagh but they were chased away by the security forces, they said. There was an altercation between opposition National Congress and ruling PDP workers at Badran in Beerwah area over allegations of bogus voting, the officials said. The issue was later resolved with the intervention of the polling staff and security personnel posted on duty there.

Eight people were killed in firing by security forces as unprecedented election-day violence marred the bypoll for Srinagar Lok Sabha seat .Only 7.14% of the 12.61 lakh electorate cast their votes during the polling on Sunday amid large-scale protests and violence around polling stations at dozens of places across the constituency.

Nine candidates, including National Conference stalwart Farooq Abdullah and ruling Peoples Democratic Party’s Nazir Ahmad Khan are in the fray. The counting of the votes for the constituency will take place on 15 April.

The seat fell vacant following resignation of PDP leader Tariq Hameed Karra both from the Lower House of the Parliament and his party in protest against the “atrocities" on people during summer agitation last year in the wake of killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces on 8 July.

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