Hajin: Three persons were injured, one of them seriously, on Sunday evening when a grenade went off when a JCB machine was clearing the debris of a house in which three militants had been killed after being blown up the government forces with mortar fire, in Khosa Mohalla of Hajin town, on Thursday.
JCB driver Tanveer Ahmad from Tregam, Saderkoot and two teenagers, Aqib and Umar, both residents of Hajin, were injured in the explosion.
The government forces comprising army and police did not clear the site of explosives after the operation was over, local residents said.
The town, meanwhile, observed a shutdown for the third consecutive day against the killing of the militants, who have not been identified and were termed as “foreign militants” of Lashkar-e-Toiba by the forces.
The town witnessed violent clashes between the government forces and the local populace that was demanding the custody of the bodies of the militants so that they can be given a proper burial.
However, unnerved by the attendance of about 35,000 people in the funeral of Pakistani chief of Lashkar-e-Toiba for Kashmir Abu Qasim last year, the government forces now bury the ‘foreign militants’ in a remote garrisoned area in Uri, bordering Pakistan administered Kashmir. The trio killed in Hajin was buried in Bonyar area of Uri.