Thousands Defy Separatists To Vote In Kashmir Valley

30 April 2009
The Hindu


Anantnag: Tens of thousands defied death threats from Pakistan-based terrorists to vote on Thursday in the Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency in the Kashmir Valley. Nearly 15 percent of Anantnag's 1.16 million electorate had voted by 1 p.m. across the southern Kashmir constituency despite a shutdown called by the separatists to trip the electoral process, officials said. 'The polling percentage for Anantnag was 14.52 percentage at 1 p.m.,' one official told IANS 'Though there is less voting in cities and towns in (the districts of) Anantnag, Shopian, Pulwama and Kulgam, rural areas have witnessed a better turnout,' the official said.