8 hurt in LalChowk grenade attack
After a lull of 16 months, suspected militants Saturday afternoon lobbed a grenade at Central Reserve Police Force bunker in LalChowk Srinagar, which missed the target and exploded on the road injuring seven civilians and a CRPF officer.
Srinagar, Nov 29: After a lull of 16 months, suspected militants Saturday afternoon lobbed a grenade at Central Reserve Police Force bunker in LalChowk Srinagar, which missed the target and exploded on the road injuring seven civilians and a CRPF officer.
The grenade was hurled at 2 pm near Palladium Cinema. The explosion created panic and commuters disappeared from otherwise busy LalChowk. The traffic remained stranded in the area for at least one hour.
"The grenade was lobbed at the bunker manned by CRPF 132 Battalion, but it massed the target," police said. "It exploded on the road and eight people received minor injuries."
Police identified the injured as Halima Bagum wife of Abdul Rashid resident of Chaki-KawosaBudgam, Abdul RehmanWani son of Abdul Khaliq resident of Chaki-KawosaBudgam, Bashir Ahmad Mir son of Ghulam Ahmad resident of Bemina, GhulamNabiNayak son of GhulamNabi and his eight-year old son Farooq Ahmad resident of DevsarKulgam, Abdul Majeed son of GhulamHyder resident of Natipora, Mushtaq Ahmad resident of Shivpora and a Sub-Inspector of 132 BN CRPF, Hari Ram Devakar.
Police said the injured were shifted to SMHS hospital for treatment. They were discharged after first aid.
The impact of the explosion damaged window panes of several shops and vehicles. "There was a huge explosion. I ducked on the floor to save my life," said a shopkeeper, whose shop is about hundred yards away from the site. The windowpanes of his shop have got damaged.
"CRPF men did not open fire, but they took shelter inside their bunkers," said another shopkeeper.
The explosion created panic in entire LalChowk and people were seen running for safer places. Huge contingents of SOG of JK Police carried out a search operation to track down the attackers.
Senior Superintendent of Police, Srinagar, Amit Kumar and other senior officers of CRPF reached at the spot to take stock of the situation.
Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, AbdulGhani Mir told Greater Kashmir, "We have a definite lead. We will nab the culprits in minimum possible time."
This is the first such incident since July 13 last year, then suspected militants had lobbed a grenade in Batamaloo area of Srinagar that resulted in injuries to four people.