Four policemen also injured; another grenade attack in Pulwama town injures 3 civilians, 4 CRPF men
SHOPIAN: A grenade attack hurled at police but instead exploding on the roadside in a busy Shopian market injured four policemen and 12 civilians, among them a mother and her daughter, both of them shifted to Srinagar’s SMHS Hospital and the daughter said to be in critical condition.
The grenade was hurled at about Monday noon near the Sumo taxi stand at Batpora Chowk in Shopian town. Eyewitnesses said that the grenade, which missed the target and exploded on the roadside, created chaos with people running for safety of their lives, as did the subsequent aerial firing by policemen that continued for two minutes after the explosion.
The injured mother and daughter were both shifted to SMHS Srinagar after doctors at Sub-District Hospital Shopian assessed the daughter’s condition to be critical.
Police later identified their four men who sustained injuries in the attack as SHO Shopian police station Inspector Gulzar Ahmad (injured in left leg), Constable Altaf Ahmad (injured in left hand), Constable Javid Ahmad (injured in left eye), and Nazir Ahmad (injured in the back).
Eyewitnesses said that a group of policemen along with the Shopian station house officer (SHO) were present in the area when unidentified men hurled a grenade towards them. They said that the grenade explosion and the subsequent aerial firing by police created panic and shopkeepers pulled down their shutters.
The mother and daughter duo who sustained injuries were identified by police as Nadiya Nazir and Farida, residents of Sedow village in Shopian district.
Soon after the attack, scores of youths hit the streets and pelted policemen with stones. The police hit back with tear smoke shells to disperse them. The clashes lasted for more than an hour.
Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Shopian Dr Abdul Rasheed told Kashmir Reader that 16 persons were brought to Sub-District Hospital with splinter injuries. “Two ladies and one male were referred to SMHS for further treatment,” he said, adding that the injured girl was in a critical condition.
In another grenade attack on Monday, seven persons, four of them paramilitary CRPF personnel, sustained minor injuries in main town Pulwama. Militants, as per police, hurled a grenade at CRPF troopers in Tahab Chowk area.
“Seven people sustained minor injuries. The injured CRPF personnel are being treated at their own medical facilities while the injured civilians have been discharged after first-aid,” SSP Pulwama Chaudhry Muhammad Aslam said.
About a dozen such grenade attacks have taken place in south and central Kashmir since the advent of the holy month of Ramazan, for the duration of which the government has announced a suspension of counter-insurgency operations. The responsibly for most of these attacks has been claimed by Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militant outfit.