SRINAGAR, April 9 Three people were killed and
more than a dozen injured on Sunday when police clashed with
protesters during a by-election in Srinagar in India's disputed
Kashmir region, an official said.
Separatist factions in Kashmir had called for a boycott of
the by-polls, resulting in heightened security and low voter
turnout when the polling began.
In Budgam district, police used tear gas to counter
stone-pelting protesters, but was then forced to open fire,
killing three people, a senior police official told Reuters.
Overall, more than a dozen people were injured during the
clashes across central Kashmir on Sunday, the official said.
The by-election in Srinagar is being held to fill a vacant
seat in the Lok Sabha, India's lower house of Parliament. A
second by-poll in the state for a separate Lok Sabha seat is set
to take place on April 12 in Anantnag. The results of both polls
are set to be announced on April 15.
India and Pakistan, which claim Kashmir in full but rule
only in part, have fought two of their three wars over the
disputed region since independence.
India accuses Pakistan of backing separatist fighters - a
charge Islamabad denies. The state has been in a phase of unrest
since last year when Indian security forces killed separatist
leader Burhan Wani.
The violence since then, largely in the form of troops
firing on civilian crowds with shotguns after protesters throw
stones, has left 84 civilians dead and more than 12,000
civilians and security force personnel wounded.
(Reporting by Fayaz Bukhari; Writing by Aditya Kalra; Editing
by Euan Rocha)