Kashmiri migrants clash with police on polling day in Jammu

April 30th, 2009 - 5:45 pm ICT by ANI  

Jammu, Apr 30 (ANI): Violent clashes broke out on Thursday between police and Kashmiri Hindu migrants protesting against not being allowed to vote.

Chanting slogans of ‘We Want Justice’ and ‘We Want Vote’, the protesters gathered outside the polling booth in Jammu to vent their anger at being deprived of their voter identification cards by the Election Commission, thus making them unable to vote.

These people who have a migrant’s status in the region, said their names were not included in the voter’s list as result of which they cannot exercise their franchise in the ongoing elections.

The protesters lamented being left out by the Election Commission from the voter’s list and said out of 1,54,000 Kashmiri pundits registered in the relief commission office, only 22, 818 have been registered in the voter’s list.

The protesters said, they would continue with their protests till the time they are awarded with their right to vote.

“We condemn the elections. We are losing trust in the country’s democracy. But, we will get our demands fulfilled and are ready to pay any price for it. We will continue with our protests till the time we get our right to vote like every other Indian,” said Nana Ji Wattal, a protester.

The migrants had earlier also held protests, outside the office of the Election Commission to protest the discrepancy by the Commission. (ANI)

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