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Terrorist's brother makes heartfelt appeal from polling booth in Baramulla: 'Give up arms, return to family'

The fifth phase of elections is underway in the Baramulla Lok Sabha constituency. A voter turned up on a polling booth and appealed to his brother, who had joined a terror outfit, to give up arms and return to the family.

Edited By: Ashesh Mallick @asheshmallick07 Baramulla (Jammu and Kashmir) Updated on: May 20, 2024 12:29 IST
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Image Source : PTI People show their inked fingers (Representative Image)

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: As voting was underway in the Baramulla Lok Sabha constituency on Monday (May 20), a man, whose brother had joined the terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), appealed to the him to surrender in the interest of peace and return home, after casting his vote in the seat in Jammu and Kashmir. Rouf Ahmad Lone, the voter, is the brother of Umar Lone, who is an active LeT terrorist, wanted in several militancy-related cases. 

What did the man say?

"Voting is my right, so I cast my vote. I appeal to everybody to cast their vote as developmental works will take place after that. Come to the polling booths and don't waste your vote," Lone told reporters in Pattan in the north Kashmir district.

Raising his finger smeared with the indelible ink, Rouf appealed to his brother to put down arms and return to his family.

"I appeal to my brother Umar to surrender (before security forces). If he does so, it will be much better, he will return to his mother and family," Lone said. In April this year, Umar's mother also issued an appeal to him to surrender before the forces.

Voting in Baramulla

Over 21.30 percent of the 17.37 lakh electorate cast their vote in the first four hours of polling in the Baramulla Lok Sabha constituency in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday.  The voting began at 7 am.

An official of the election department said polling was going on smoothly across the Lok Sabha constituency which comprises 18 assembly segments and is spread over four districts of Baramulla, Bandipora, Kupwara and Budgam.

(With PTI inputs)

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