Mysterious blast kills 2 siblings in Rajouri village

Locals stage protest, blame Army

TARIQ SHAWL/ IMRAN KHAN

Thanamandi (Rajouri), Jan 30: A mysterious blast today killed two school going siblings in a village near here, sparking off massive protest demonstrations in the area. Locals said that two minors were killed when they were on their way to home from school in the outskirts of Baryoon Dara village of Thanamandi tehsil. The deceased have been identified as Shazina Koser, 9, and her younger brother Khurshid Mehmood, daughter and son of Lal Hussain. It was learnt that the villagers on Wednesday afternoon heard a big bang and rushed to the spot only to find bodies of the two siblings lying in a field. “Both the bodies were lying in poll of blood and it was clear that they were killed in a blast”, a local resident told Greater Kashmir. As the reports of the blast and killing of two minors spread in the area, hundreds of people took to streets and took the bodies to Thanamandi, where they were joined by the local residents at the tehsil headquarters.
Officials from police and district administration rushed to the spot and tried to pacify the protesters claiming that initial probe pointed out that the minors may have found some explosive substances. The explosion took place when the minors started fiddling with it, a police officer told the protesters. However, the protesters refused to accept the police theory and instead blamed the Army for the killings. “There is an Army post near the spot and there was clear hand of army in the incident,” protesters alleged.
Situation turned tense in Thanmandi as shopkeepers downed their shutter and joined the protest demonstration. The local blocked the main road and despite repeated attempts by the administration, they refused to disperse.  The protest continued when the last report came in as the locals were demanding registration of FIR against army.
Deputy Inspector General of Police Rajouri-Poonch Range Danesh Rana said that preliminary report suggests that it was an accidental blast and there was no hand of army. He said that the army camp was more than a kilometer away from the blast site and it was likely that the minors fiddled with some explosive substance they found on way back from school. “We have collected the evidence from the spot for detailed probe and we will be looking into the incident from all possible angles”, he assured.
Deputy Commissioner Rajouri Saugat Biswas said that the administration was negotiating with the protesters. He said that Rs 10,000 has been sanctioned in favour of the bereaved family out of Red Cross funds

Lastupdate on : Wed, 30 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 30 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 31 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST




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