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Geelani demands cancellation of Anantnag bypoll

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

Chairman of hardline Hurriyat faction Syed Ali Shah Geelani today demanded cancellation of next month's bye-in Anantnag constituency, saying he fears escalation of violence.

"Authorities need to desist from their egoistic approach and cancel bye-(Anantnag seat) in South Kashmir as there are apprehensions of escalation in terrifying incidents in the Valley," Geelani said in a statement here.

Initially scheduled for April 12, the Commission postponed the Anantnag seat bypoll to May 25 after widespread violence during bye-election in parliamentary constituency on April 9 resulted in the death of nine persons while scores of others were injured. It also registered the lowest ever 7.1 per cent turnout.

"Youths feel dejected and a 'do or die' like situation is evolving due to the stubborn attitude of Indian authorities," Geelani said.

The Hurriyat leader demanded a "referendum" to seek people's mandate with respect to the "political destiny" of state.

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First Published: Thu, April 20 2017. 19:57 IST