Polling peaceful: DGP Singh

Director General of Police Dilbag Singh said on Thursday that second phase of polling in Kashmir was held “peacefully.”

“The polling in Kashmir was peaceful. There were some minor incidents of stone throwing,” Singh told Greater Kashmir. “

The Jammu and Kashmir Police chief said the security forces had been directed to exercise maximum restraint and take extra precautions at the time of their withdrawal from poll-bound areas.

“We don’t want people to face any inconvenience,” he added.

Singh said that people “came out to vote” and did not pay any heed to “dictates of separatists and other inimical elements”.

“Central Kashmir witnessed around 21 percent polling and it is a clear indication that people didn’t pay heed to any dictates,” he said. “People reported to polling stations without fear and exercised their franchise.”

The DGP said he, along with senior officers of the police and paramilitary forces, was camping in Srinagar and supervising the arrangements for central Kashmir.

Additional security forces will be moved to southern Kashmir areas gradually from Friday onwards for the third phase of elections. He said the security forces do not anticipate any major trouble in southern Kashmir during the elections.

“People there are peace-loving and we are hopeful that they will vote in large numbers,” he said, adding that adequate security arrangements will be put in place.