Grenade attack on polling station in Pulwama, no casualties

Security forces have cordoned off the area. Photo: Prabhu Mallikarjunan

Militants Monday lobbed a smoke grenade towards a polling station in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir where polling is underway for the Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency, the police said.

A grenade was lobbed towards Rohmoo polling station in Pulwama but there were no reports of any casualties in the blast, a police officer said. He said security forces cordoned off the area. This was the first militant attack on a polling station in this Lok Sabha election in Jammu and Kashmir.

Polling is being held in Pulwama and Shopian districts of Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency which also includes Anantnag and Kulgam districts as well. The Lok Sabha polls to this constituency are being held in three phases due to security reasons. Anantnag district went to polls on April 23, while voting in Kulgam district took place on April 29. There are 18 candidates in the fray for Anantnag constituency including PDP president and former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti.