According to the officials, some voters were thrashed in Sopore and Baramulla towns on Thursday by vigilante groups, who were scanning the fingers of passers-by for the indelible ink marked at the time of voting.

A police spokesman said the miscreants involved in the acts of violence have been identified and special teams have been formed to arrest them. The police have registered five cases–three in Baramulla and two in Sopore- in this regard.
     
The security forces have increased patrolling in sensitive areas following the incidents in Baramulla district, officials said.
     
Meanwhile, Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who had issued the boycott call, appealed to the people to maintain calm.
    
"We are brothers and clashes should not be allowed to happen at any cost. Who has voted and who has not, that stage is over now," Geelani said.
    
"I make a fervent appeal to people especially the youth to create a conducive atmosphere and not allow any civil strife in the valley," he added.

Omar warns of strict action

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has condemned the act and said appropriate action will be taken against anyone found trying to terrorize voters and the police have been instructed accordingly.
"First things first - the gangs moving around trying to terrorize those who voted will not be tolerated,” he said on microblogging site Twitter
    
"Can't have freedom to choose not to vote without allowing people who want to vote a similar choice," he added.  

JPN/Agencies

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