New Delhi/Srinagar - India's northern heartland began voting on Monday in the fifth phase of a staggered general election, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi hoping his record on national security will win him a second five-year term.
More than 87 million people across seven states are eligible to vote on Monday, including in the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir, where Muslim separatists have been fighting the security forces for decades.
The separatists have called for a boycott of the vote in Muslim-majority Kashmir and protesters threw stones at polling stations and at least one person was shot and wounded when police opened fire, police said.
Militants also threw a grenade and a petrol bomb at polling stations but there were no injuries.
The seven-phase general election began on April 11. The last votes will be cast on May 19.