Anantnag shuts against arrests by police
Anantnag: A paramilitary CRPF trooper was injured on Saturday in Kulgam district in a grenade attack, carried out by suspected militants.
The injured CRPF man is stable and has been discharged from hospital after first-aid.
According to reports, the grenade attack was carried out at a joint naka (checkpoint) of police and CRPF in Laroo area of Kulgam district. The Laroo village is located on the outskirts of main town Kulgam along the Anantnag-Kulgam main road.
“The grenade was hurled at a joint naka party. One CRPF man received minor injuries,” a senior police official from the area told Kashmir Reader.
He said that the injured CRPF man has been identified as Rajinder Singh of 18 Bn.
Singh was rushed to Kulgam district hospital where doctors administered first-aid to his injured left leg He was discharged from there soon after.
The area, where the attack was carried out, was cordoned off soon after the explosion and searches were carried out.
The attack came on a day of complete shutdown observed in main town Anantnag, a day after police detained more than 15 local youth from the town’s Jamia Masjid.
There were allegations that police and CRPF men had desecrated the Jamia Masjid, but SSP Anantnag Altaf Khan refuted the allegations.
“Yes, we arrested some stone pelters, but there was no desecration of the masjid,” Khan told Kashmir Reader on Friday.
Ten of the detained youths turned out to be minors and were released later in the evening on Friday. The released kids included People’s League (PL) leader Mukhtar Ahmad Waza’s 12-year-old son.
The shutdown was observed to demand the release of the remaining youth from police custody and against the alleged desecration of the masjid.
All shops and other commercial establishments remained closed throughout the day.
Traffic, however, plied normally across the town.