Toll in Jammu grenade blast rises to two; investigation underway as prime suspect reveals Hizbul Mujahideen behind attack

In a grenade blast at a bus stand in Jammu around noon on Thursday, one person died and 27 were injured

FP Staff March 07, 2019 12:31:11 IST
Toll in Jammu grenade blast rises to two; investigation underway as prime suspect reveals Hizbul Mujahideen behind attack
  • A grenade blast was reported at a bus stand in Jammu around noon on Thursday

  • The area has been cordoned off by the police

  • One person died and 27 were injured and undergoing treatment at a hospital

The toll in the grenade blast at the busy BC Road bus stand in Jammu rose to two on Friday, after a person undergoing treatment succumbed to his injuries. Several people were injured and taken to the hospital after the attack around noon on Thursday. The area had been cordoned off by the police and a detailed investigation into the incident is still underway.

The prime suspect Yasir Bhatt was arrested and confessed to his crime, Inspector General of Jammu Police MK Sinha said in a press briefing, adding that he was tasked with this attack by the Hizbul Mujahideen district commander in Kulgam. Bhatt was apprehended at the Nagrota toll post while he was escaping after throwing the grenade. “CCTV footage was examined and oral testimonies were taken to ascertain the suspect,” Sinha said.

17-year-old Mohammad Sharik succumbed to splinter injuries in the chest, the officials told PTI. Four people were in critical condition after the grenade reportedly went off under a bus. The injured included 11 residents of Kashmir, two from Bihar and one each from Chattisgarh and Haryana.

Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik announces an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each to the next of the kin of the deceased and Rs 20,000 each to those injured in the incident.

As per Sinha, those injured in the blast have been admitted for treatment to the Government Medical College (GMC) hospital. "The clear intention of this blast was to disturb internal peace. We are collecting evidence. Investigation is going on and no suspect has been taken into custody yet," said Sinha.

Windscreens of a parked state road transport corporation (SRTC) bus were damaged in the blast, a police official told PTI.

Tensions have been mounting in Jammu and Kashmir ever since the 14 February Pulwama attack on CRPF personnel and following air strikes by India in Pakistan and the neighbouring country’s retaliatory action on 26 and 27 February respectively. Frequent ceasefire violations by Pakistan have been reported since at least a week.

This is the third grenade attack by terrorists in the BC Road bus stand area since May last year.

Updated Date:

also read

Postcards from a snowy Kashmir: Mesmerising images of the Valley in the grip of winter
Photos

Postcards from a snowy Kashmir: Mesmerising images of the Valley in the grip of winter

Kashmir is covered in a white blanket and is experiencing sub-zero temperatures; the Valley is currently under the grip of the 40-day harshest winter period known as 'Chilla-i-Kalan' that began on 21 December

Army Commander calls 2021 a historic year for the armed forces in J&K and Ladakh
India

Army Commander calls 2021 a historic year for the armed forces in J&K and Ladakh

The ceremony was a solemn occasion to appreciate and recognise the professionalism in operational roles performed by the units during their tenure in northern Command, a defence spokesman said

Denial of justice and fading away of people: Day that saw beginning of unending exile of Kashmiri Pandits
India

Denial of justice and fading away of people: Day that saw beginning of unending exile of Kashmiri Pandits

19 January 2022 marks the beginning of the 32nd year of exile of the Pandits. This day in 1990 brought misery to the community and subsequently led to their ethnic cleansing from Kashmir