BJP candidate dies of heart attack in Ramban

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 10/11/2018 3:02:13 PM

RAMBAN, Oct 10: A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate died of heart attack on Wednesday when he was about to cast his vote in the second phase of the municipal elections in Ramban district of Jammu.
Azad Singh Raju, 62, a former employee of the Irrigation and Flood Control Department, died at a local polling station before casting his vote, the officials said. He was rushed to a hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead. Raju was among 24 candidates in the fray for the seven municipal bodies of Ramban district.
The second phase of the polling held in 263 municipal wards spread across Jammu and Kashmir, including 214 wards, in six districts of Kishtwar, Doda, Ramban, Reasi, Udhampur and Kathua in Jammu region. The polling started at 6 AM and ended at 4 PM.
Authorities had made elaborate security arrangements to ensure peaceful polling which sealed the fate of 1,029 candidates. A total of 544 polling stations, including 274 in Jammu and 270 in Kashmir, were set up in tight security by police and paramilitary forces.
The first phase of the polling was held on October 8 after a gap of 13 years and registered a voter turnout of 56.6 per cent. The third phase of the polling is scheduled for October 13 followed by fourth and final phase on October 16.
The counting of votes will be held on October 20.



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