Police U-turn on Bijbehara blast


Srinagar, Dec 28: The Jammu and Kashmir Police Friday took a U-turn on the blast in a tourist bus in south Kashmir’s Bijbehara area in July this year. The police had then termed the blast as a “gas cylinder explosion” while on Friday it said the “militants killed in Pulwama gunfight were involved in the Bijbehara grenade blast.”
In the blast, four people from Mumbai, including three women of a family, had died while five others sustained injuries.
Soon after the blast, Police said it was an “LPG blast that happened accidentally in the bus.”
“The incident occurred at around 13:30 hours after a powerful blast occurred inside the  tourist bus bearing registration No: JK02AP-0676 at the entrance of Government Higher Secondary School at Zeripora, across Padshahi Bagh bridge on the river Jhelum in Bijbehara. Coming from Katra, the passenger carriage was on way to Pahalgam via Sallar,” police had said.
On the same evening, the Kashmir zone headquarters of J&K Police issued a statement seeking to clarify that “an LPG cylinder had exploded accidentally on the bus.” “Today a cylinder exploded in a vehicle which was on way from Srinagar to Pahalgam bearing registration number JK02AP/0676 at Zuripora, Anantnag,” the statement said.
The Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police, South Kashmir, had also told Greater Kashmir that the “Preliminary investigations suggest that the blast was triggered by explosion in gas cylinder.”
He had said that they have recovered splinters of the gas cylinder from the spot. “The FSL investigation has been initiated after which the cause of the blast will be fully ascertained,” the DIG had said.
A statement released by police Friday however quoted the Inspector General of Police (IGP) saying that Imtiyaz Ahmed Teli, who was killed in an encounter in Pulwama Friday, was “involved in the grenade attack at Narwal in November in which one person had died and five others were injured.”
“The slain militants were also involved in the grenade attack in Bijbehara in which four tourist ladies were killed in July this year, though it seemed to be a gas cylinder blast at that time. However after forensic examinations and other investigations it was termed as a grenade attack,” the statement said.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 28 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 28 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 29 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST

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