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21 injured in grenade blasts,PDP candidate escapes unhurt in Kashmir

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Baramulla, Apr 24 (UNI) People's Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Javid Ahmad Baig escaped unhurt when unidentified assailants hurled a hand grenade towards a polling booth at Wagoora in Sangrama assembly constituency, causing injuries to 16 voters and two security personnel.

A poll official and two voters were injured in a grenade blast at Palhalan in the Pattan assembly constituency where polling is underway for the byelections.

Official sources said unidentified assailants threw a hand grenade towards a polling booth set up in a Higher Secondary School at Wagoora in Sangrama constituency this afternoon.

Mr Baig, nephew of Deputy Chief Minister Muzaffar Hussain Baig, who had arrived there seconds before the blast, escaped unhurt.

Sources said 16 voters and two security personnel were injured in the blast and voting was disrupted for some time.

Later, a large number of voters present in the area protested against the incident.

The demonstrators raising anti PDP slogans alleged it was one of the supporter of Mr Baig hurled the grenade towards the voters.

Mr Baig is pitted against Shoaib Lone, supported by National Conference and a rebel PDP leader. Shoaib is son of late PDP leader and former minister Dr Ghulam Nabi Lone, who was killed in a militant attack at Tulsibagh last year.

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