ANANTNAG: A youth was caught by the people soon after a grenade he threw at an election meeting missed its intended target and landed in a drain in Gandwanoo village of Kulgam district on Friday, PDP leader Abdul Majid Paddar said.
Paddar, who is PDP’s candidate for Noorabad Assembly constituency, said, “I was addressing a huge rally in the village when the grenade was hurled by a youth. But thank God the grenade landed in a muddy drain and did not explode.”
“Had the grenade exploded it would have caused huge damage,” he said.
According to Paddar, the youth tried to flee but was overpowered by the people at the meeting.
“He remained in our custody for about 25 minutes during which we recorded his statement. He said he had made several attempts on my life before this attack,” Paddar said.
Only a SIM card, Paddar said, was recovered from him.
“He did not have an identity card and identified himself as Nowshad Ahmad Ganai, son of Abdul Gani of Awgam, Shopian,” he said.
Paddar said that they later handed him over to the army.
However, DIG, south Kashmir range, Alok Kumar, said the grenade thrower after being apprehended by the people was handed over to the police.
“The youth is in police custody and is being questioned thoroughly,” Kumar told Kashmir Reader.
It was learnt that Nowshad’s brother Mohammad Rafeeq, a militant, had been killed in a gunfight in 2005. Nowshad had served two years in prison after being arrested in a case involving the murder of a treasury officer, Bashir Ahmad, in 2005.