BUDGAM: A youth died and two others were injured in a mysterious blast at the picturesque meadow of Tosamaidan in Budgam district on Sunday.
The deceased was identified as Wajid Ahmad Ahanger, son of Bashir Ahmad Ahanger, resident of Zoogu area in Arizal. He had suffered multiple injuries in abdomen, legs and arm.
Eyewitnesses told Kashmir Reader that at about 1:30pm they heard a loud bang from the forested area at Tosamaidan. “For a moment everything shook. People who were enjoying nature’s beauty were terrified,” they said.
Mir Manzoor, a local who was present there, said, “We were taking lunch when we heard an explosion, half a kilometre away from where we were. We left the lunch midway and ran towards the spot. I saw three bodies lying on the ground, in a pool of blood. Two were completely motionless while one was trying his level best to shout for help. I somehow managed to carry one among them on my shoulder. After that, many people came and took all of them on shoulders to the main road of Tosamaidan.”
Mir said that the injured lost a lot of blood in the time they were taken to a health centre. “Writhing in pain, they could hardly breathe. Finally we boarded them in a car and took them to PHC (Primary Health Centre) Khag,” Mir said.
Mir Mushtaq, another local, said that while the injured were being carried to hospital, someone called him and others to jnform about the incident. “We rushed there. We saw three persons injured seriously. The rest of the injured were safe and had been left behind in the meadow,” Mushtaq said.
The two injured youths were identified as Mudasir Ahmad Ganie, 20, son of Mohammad Ramzan, and Wasim Ahmad Ganie, 22, son of Abdul Majeed Ganie, both residents of Zoogu Kharian.
All were shifted from Khag PHC to SKIMS JVC, from where Ahanger was shifted to SKIMS Soura but he breathed his last there.
His body was sent back home for last rites. He was buried at the local graveyard at Zoogu.