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Kashmir: Three policemen kidnapped, killed by militants in Shopian

Police sources told The Indian Express that policemen were abducted from two villages of the district late last night.

By: Express News Service | Srinagar |
Updated: December 17, 2020 10:09:50 am
They were abducted from two villages of Shopian district late on Thursday. (Express photo by Shuaib Masoodi)

Three J&K policemen were abducted and killed by militants in South Kashmir’s Shopian district. Their bodies were recovered from an orchard in the area on Friday morning. Police sources told The Indian Express that they were abducted from two villages of the district late Thursday night. A Jammu-Kashmir police spokesperson, meanwhile, added that they were gathering information from the ground. The policemen have been identified as Kulwant Singh, Nisar Ahmad and Firdous Ahmad. More details awaited.

Friday’s incident comes nearly three weeks after militants had abducted and released relatives of policemen from various places in south Kashmir.

They were abducted from two villages of Shopian district late on Thursday. (Express photo by Shuaib Masoodi)

At least eight people whose relatives worked in Jammu and Kashmir Police were abducted on the night of August 30. Hizbul Mujahideen commander Riyaz Naikoo had purportedly claimed responsibility for the abductions in a 12-minute video, issuing a three-day deadline for the release of all relatives of militants who were in police custody.

The August 30 abductions happened after the NIA arrested the second son of globally-wanted terrorist Syed Salahuddin, leader of the Hizbul Mujahideen group. Salahuddin’s son was arrested on charges of receiving secret funds.

Lok Sabha elections: 433 polling stations in West Tripura did not record complete voting process Lok Sabha Election 2019: Women show their voter identity cards as they stand in a queue before casting their votes in Agartala. (PTI Photo)

Lok Sabha Election Results 2019 Date: In 2014, the BJP bagged a majority of its own by winning a staggering 282 of the 543 seats in the Lok Sabha. The majority mark is 272. The Congress, on the contrary, fell to its lowest ebb as it was reduced to mere 44 seats. However, the recent victories in the Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh provided momentum to the Congress while infusing a sense of uncertainty in the ruling BJP. In a bid to take control of the narrative, the BJP-led government introduced 10 per cent quota for the general category poor and also brought a populist Budget to appease the lower middle class and farming community. Besides, the party’s thrust was on national security after the Pulwama terror attacks and the Balakot airstrike. The Opposition, meanwhile, continued to target the government over farm sector distress, joblessness and the Rafale jet deal.

Lok Sabha Election Results 2019 Date

The results of the 17th Lok Sabha elections, which are being held in seven phases between April 11 and May 19, will be declared on May 23, ten days before the term of the current House expires. This was the first general election where voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) units were completely deployed. The two-month-long political battle involved close to 90 crore voters.

LOK SABHA Election Schedule 2019: FIND YOUR VOTING DATE HERE

Lok Sabha election 2019 schedule: Phase I
Lok Sabha election 2019 schedule: Phase II
Lok Sabha election 2019 schedule: Phase III
Lok Sabha election 2019 schedule: Phase IV
Lok Sabha election 2019 schedule: Phase V
Lok Sabha election 2019 schedule: Phase VI
Lok Sabha election 2019 schedule: Phase VII

Lok Sabha election 2019 schedule: Phase I

The first phase of elections for the 17th Lok Sabha registered a moderate turnout. Voting took place in 91 seats across 20 states. Two people were killed in Andhra Pradesh in poll related violence. There were charges of rigging in West Bengal during voting.

Phase I
Number of Constituencies
91
Start Date of filing candidature
18 Mar 2019
Last Date of filing candidature
25 Mar 2019
Last Date of withdrawal of candidature
28 Mar 2019
Date of Poll
11 Apr 2019
Date of Counting / Result 23 May 2019

Lok Sabha election 2019 schedule: Phase II

The second phase of Lok Sabha elections saw over 66 percent of voters exercising their franchise. While West Bengal recorded the highest voter turnout with 75.27 percent, Jammu and Kashmir recorded the lowest with 43.37 percent. The voting took place in 95 constituencies across 11 states and one union territory.

Phase II
Number of Constituencies
97
Start Date of filing candidature
19 Mar 2019
Last Date of filing candidature
26 Mar 2019
Last Date of withdrawal of candidature
29 Mar 2019
Date of Poll
18 Apr 2019
Date of Counting / Result 23 May 2019

Lok Sabha election 2019 schedule: Phase III

An overall 64.66 percent polling was recorded across 15 states and union territories as the third and largest phase of Lok Sabha elections came to an end. Complaints of EVMs malfunctioning were also reported from various seats in Kerala, Karnataka, and Bihar.

Phase III
Number of Constituencies
116
Start Date of filing candidature
28 Mar 2019
Last Date of filing candidature
04 April 2019
Last Date of withdrawal of candidature
08 April 2019
Date of Poll
23 Apr 2019
Date of Counting / Result 23 May 2019

Lok Sabha election 2019 schedule: Phase IV

Amid violence in West Bengal and Odisha, the fourth phase of Lok Sabha elections recorded 64 percent voter turn out. With 76.47 percent, West Bengal recorded the highest turnout of voters among the nine states that went to polls in this phase. Seventy-one parliamentary constituencies voted in the fourth phase.

Phase IV
Number of Constituencies
71
Start Date of filing candidature
02 April 2019
Last Date of filing candidature
09 April 2019
Last Date of withdrawal of candidature
12 April 2019
Date of Poll
29 April 2019
Date of Counting / Result 23 May 2019

Lok Sabha election 2019 schedule: Phase V

Fifty constituencies will to polls for the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections.

Phase V
Number of Constituencies 50
Start Date of filing candidature
10 April 2019
Last Date of filing candidature
18 April 2019
Last Date of withdrawal of candidature
22 April 2019
Date of Poll
06 May 2019
Date of Counting / Result 23 May 2019

Lok Sabha election 2019 schedule: Phase VI

The sixth phase of Lok Sabha elections will see 59 constituencies going to polls on May 12.

Phase VI
Number of Constituencies
59
Start Date of filing candidature
16 April 2019
Last Date of filing candidature
23 April 2019
Last Date of withdrawal of candidature
26 April 2019
Date of Poll
12 May 2019
Date of Counting / Result 23 May 2019

Lok Sabha election 2019 schedule: Phase VII

The seventh and last phase of Lok Sabha elections will take place on May 19. Fifty-nine seats will go to polls in this phase.

Phase VII
Number of Constituencies
59
Start Date of filing candidature
22 April 2019
Last Date of filing candidature
29 April 2019
Last Date of withdrawal of candidature
02 May 2019
Date of Poll
19 May 2019
Date of Counting / Result 23 May 2019

How to Check Live Lok Sabha Election Counting Results Online

The 17th Lok Sabha election results will be declared on May 23. You can check the live counting results via the official website of the Election Commission as well as indianexpress.com.

Steps to access lok sabha elections results on EC’s official website

1. Open the Election Commission of India’s official website, https://eci.gov.in/

2. Click on the menu on top-left of the page

3. Click on General Election 2019 under the Election tab

4. Click on Results, and you will get the full result page – http://eciresults.nic.in/

Lok Sabha Election 2019 FAQ 

Here is how you can vote in Indian elections 2019

You can vote only if your name appears in the Voter List (also known as Electoral Roll). Voters can find information on polling booths, contesting candidates, election dates and timings, identity cards and electronic voting machines (EVM).

What is the voting process at polling booth?
# The polling official will check your name on the voter list and check your ID proof.
# The official will ink your finger, give you a slip and take your signature on a register (Form 17A).
# You will have to deposit the slip at the third polling official and show your inked finger and then proceed to the polling booth.

How to find your polling booth

# Voters can go to electoralsearch.in or use Voter Helpline App to find their polling booth
# Voters can call the Voter Helpline, the number is 1950 (please add your STD code before dialling)
# For Polling station location SMS <ECIPS> space <EPIC No> to 1950

How to use EVM?

EVM stands for Electronic Voting Machine and VVPAT stands for Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT). Click to see video for how to vote using EVM VVPAT.

How to vote without Voter ID card?

If you don’t have a Voter ID card, worry not. The Election Commission has allowed other identity proof documents for casting your vote. The ID proofs which you can carry are:

* Passport
* Driving License
* Passbooks with photograph issued by Bank/Post Office
* Service Identity Cards with photograph issued to employees by Central/State Govt./PSUs/Public Limited Companies
* PAN card
Aadhaar card
* Smart Card issued by RGI under NPR
* MNREGA Job Card (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee)
* Health Insurance Smart Card issued under the scheme of Ministry of Labour
* Pension document with photograph
* Official identity cards issued to MPs/MLAs/MLCs

Lok Sabha Constituencies List

Elections for the 543 Lok Sabha seats are being held in seven phases. In the last General Elections, BJP had won 282 seats while the Congress was reduced to just 44 constituencies. Among the regional parties, Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress had won 34 seats, AIADMK 36, Shiv Sena and Biju Janata Dal 18 each, TDP 15 and TRS 10.

Check here Your Constituency Lok Sabha Election Results 

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