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Poll official among 3 injured in grenade blast in Kashmir

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Baramulla, Apr 24 (UNI) A poll official and two voters were injured in a grenade blast at Palhalan in the Pattan assembly constituency where polling is underway for byelections to the seat.

Official sources said unidentified people hurled a hand grenade towards a polling station, set up in a boys primary school at Palhalan, when a large number of voters were present there.

A poll official, Abdul Razak Dar, and two voters-- Ghulam Mohiuddin Hajam and Abdul Razak Hajam-- were injured.

Later, the voters set on fire a white colour Sumo, alleging that the vehicle was used to hurl the grenade on voters.

Presiding officer of the polling station Qazi Ghulam Jeelani told a UNI correspondent that some miscreants tried to damage the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) after the blast.

He said voting remained suspended for about an hour.

About 224 voters out of 909 had cast their votes in the polling station, he said.

UNI AG/BAS RR BST1310

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