Tral blast toll reaches 3 as youth succumbs

TRAL: A youth from Tral in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district who had been critically injured in the grenade blast of September 21 succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday at Srinagar’s Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS). With his demise, the death toll in the Tral grenade attack has risen to three.
A salesman by profession, Mushtaq Ahmad Shiekh (35), son of Ghulam Mohi ud Din, resident of Tral-e-Payeen, is survived by two minor sons who are studying in classes UKG and LKG.
Family members told Kashmir Reader that Mushtaq was making ends meet by working as a salesman at a fruit shop. There is no one to take care of his family now.
Mushtaq had sustained multiple injuries after the grenade blast and was admitted to SKIMS ICU where he breathed his last breath on Wednesday at 2.10 pm.
Thousands of people from several villages attended the funeral procession for Mushtaq. He was laid to rest in his ancestral graveyard amid pro-freedom slogans at late evening.
Meanwhile, as the news of Mushtaq’s death reached Tral, shopkeepers pulled down their shutters and public transport went off the roads.
Also killed in the attack last Thursday, when a grenade was thrown at the cavalcade of PDP leader and R&B minister Naeem Akhtar, were two other civilians, a student of IUST, Rattandeep Kour and 80-year-old Ghulam Nabi Trag of Tral.
Meanwhile, the Traders Federation, Tral, had earlier demanded a judicial enquiry into the blast incident and has protested against it for three days consecutively.
Talking to Kashmir Reader, Trade Union president Ishfaq Ahmad Kar also demanded a judicial inquiry into the blast. He also urged that an inquiry be conducted into another grenade blast in the town which killed five civilians, including two shopkeepers. The blast happened in December 2014.
“We demand a judicial inquiry into the incident so that we can know as to what is happening in the main market,” he said, adding that the safety of civilians should be given priority.