Ganderbal: Panic gripped the picturesque area of Manasbal when two minors were killed and another was critically injured when an unexploded shell they found, and were fiddling with, went off in Baba Sualin area of central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district, police said.
According to the police, 10-year old Bilal Ahmad Reshi son of Ghulam Hassan Reshi of Baba Sualin Manasbal, a class 5th student of a government middle school died on the spot and 11-year old Shakir Ahmad Reshi succumbed to his injuries at SKIMS Soura, while Muzamil Ahmad, the third child, was critically injured in the explosion.
Police sources said the critically injured two boys were immediately rushed to sub-district hospital Ganderbal, where doctors, seeing their deteriorating condition, referred them to SKIMS Soura for specialised treatment. However, SKIMS sources said that Shakir Ahmad Reshi succumbed to his injuries at the Soura hospital.
SHO police station Lar, Imtiyaz Ahmad, told Kashmir Reader that it was premature to say if the explosion was caused by an abandoned grenade or an explosive shell. “We have registered a case and investigations are on,” he said.
The tragic incident triggered massive resentment among the local residents who demanded a thorough probe into the incident.