50 injured in 7 grenade blasts
Srinagar, Apr 14: Five persons including two women died and about 5 others, including 9 soldiers and five policemen, were wounded in seven grenade explosions at various places across Srinagar city on Friday.
Police said the first grenade was lobbed at a paramilitary BSF vehicle near Central Telegraph Office Lal Chowk at about 12 noon in which three people including two troopers were injured. One of the injured trooper has been identified as Deepak Patel whose condition is stated to be critical. The identity of other injured couldn’t be ascertained.
20 minutes later, a grenade was lobbed at a bunker of 113 battalion CRPF in crowded Hari Singh High Street market. However, the device missed the target and exploded on road killing Depika Joshi daughter of Govind Joshi of Nepal, an employee of Centaur Hotel, Mudasir Ahmad Parray son of Farooq Ahmad Parray of Old Airport Rawalpora.
Three tourists were injured in the blast. Two of the injured have been identified as Kavita daughter of Ram Vilas of Bihar and Bacher wife of Gulab Chand of Orrisa.
Shortly afterwards, militants hurled another grenade on 67 battalion CRPF near Magarmal Bagh. However, no one was injured in the blast.
At 12:30 pm, the militants hurled a grenade on a police gypsy near Hotel Akbar in Batamaloo area. The grenade exploded inside the vehicle in which driver Nazir Ahmad Khan son of Ali Muhammad Khan and a lady constable Parveena and seven civilians were injured. The gypsy caught fire.
At 1:15 pm another grenade was lobbed at a CRPF gypsy in Badyari Chowk Dalgate, which missed the target and exploded on road. Six people who were injured in the blast were immediately shifted to hospital where three of them succumbed to their injuries. The dead were identified as Shaheena daughter of Hakeem Altaf of Baghwanpora Lal Bazar, Javed Ahmad Bhat son of Abdur Rashid of Brian Nishat and Anoop Singh a carpenter from Punjab.
Local news agency CNS quoting locals said, “CRPF troopers fired indiscriminately after the blast due to which one of the civilians died.”
Family members of Javed Ahmed Bhat also alleged that his body bore bullet marks.
Medical Superintendent SMHS hospital, Dr Waseem Quershi said, “We can’t confirm whether they died because of bullet or splinter injuries. It can be confirmed only after autosopy test. They were brought dead here.”
Some of the injured in the grenade blasts who are being treated at SMHS hospital include Vijay Kumar, Farooq Ahmad Chana son of Khazer Muhammad of Habakadal, Abdul Ahad son of Ghulam Muhammad Bhat of Sonawar, Vichter wife of Gokhal of Orrissa, Noni Singh Trilokof Lal Bazar and Raman son of Tasleem Pal of Zewan.
Two injured Dr Showket Ahmad Gojri son of Ghulam Ahmad of Dalgate and Nawab Ahmad Dar son of Ghulam Ali of Brakpora Islamabad were shifted to SKIMS Soura for treatment. The identity of the other injured persons couldn’t be ascertained.
Late in the evening two more grenade attacks rocked old city.
Reports said a grenade was lobbed at a police patrol party in Safakadal area in which 20 persons including 8 policemen were injured.
Immediately afterwards another blast took place in Bohrikadal area where three civilians and a policeman sustained injuries.
Four militant organizations—Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen, Al-Mansoorain, Jaish-e-Mohammad and Islamic Front—in their statements to local news agency CNS have claimed responsibility for the grenade attacks.