#AceNewsServices – KASHMIR – April 24 – Police in the Indian-controlled Kashmir have clashed with protesters, as the last stage of India’s general elections is held amid separatist calls for a poll boycott in Kashmir valley.
Indian forces used tear gas and batons to disperse scores of demonstrators shouting anti-India slogans.
Protesters threw stones at the security forces and attacked some polling stations.
According to Press TV, despite the violence, polling is under-way in the restive region and police say the voting process has not been disrupted.
The turnout in the region – which has only six seats in the Indian parliament – has reportedly been very low, with only two or three percent of eligible voters casting their ballots.
The voting in the region is part of the sixth stage of India’s parliamentary election, in which over 180 million voters are casting their ballots in 12 states.
Altogether, more than 814 million Indians are eligible to vote.
The nine-phase election marathon began on April 7 and will come to an end on May 12. The final results are expected to be announced on May 16.
Activists of Kashmir’s top group, Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front, have held a torch rally as part of their election boycott campaign.
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