Three people were killed when security forces opened fire on mobs attacking polling stations and poll personnel in Budgam district where by-election for the Srinagar-Budgam parliamentary seat is being held on Sunday.
While two died in firing at Dalwan village of Charar-e-Sharif assembly segment in Budgam, another died in Beerwah in the same district.
Mobs also torched a bus and damaged EVMs at a polling station in Beerwah and elsewhere in Budgam, police said.
The voting turnout was a poor 5 per cent till noon after polling started at 7 a.m in Budgam, Srinagar and Ganderbal districts.
At least 2,61,397 voters are eligible to cast vote in the Srinagar-Budgam seat where 1,559 polling stations have been set up.
Nine candidates, including National Conference president Farooq Abdullah, are in the fray for the seat.
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