Braving freezing temperatures and ignoring separatists' boycott call, voters came out in large numbers in some towns with an average 55 per cent turnout recorded in the first phase of the Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir held amid unprecedented security.
The turnout was moderate to heavy and voting passed off peacefully except for stray incidents of violence and protests amid threats of militants disrupting the polls which was held in a curfew-like situation in 10 constituencies spread over four districts of Bandipora, Poonch, Leh and Kargil.
Polling in the border state has been staggered over seven phases lasting up to December 24.
Image: People queue up outside a polling station at Ajas in Bandipora to cast their votes in the state assembly elections on Monday.
Text: PTI | Photographs: Tauseef Mustafa/AFP/Getty Images
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