Anantnag: A policeman and a civilian were injured in a grenade attack carried out by militants a day ahead of Republic Day here in main town Anantnag on Friday.
A blast was also heard near the police station in Srigufwara area of Anantnag district but police maintained that the sound was caused by a “battery blast”.
The two injured in the Anantnag blast were identified as Constable Sajad Ahmad and Abid Hussain, a civilian.
“Sajad has splinter injuries to his left leg and the civilian Hussain has the same injury to his mouth. Both are stable,” a doctor at Anantnag district hospital said.
According to police reports the attack was carried out by militants right outside a police post, inside the main Bus Stand of the town, at about 4:30 PM Friday afternoon.
“The grenade exploded outside the police post leaving two persons, one of them a policeman, injured,” a senior police official said.
Eyewitnesses said that the grenade blast was followed by intense aerial firing by the policemen on duty.
“The blast and the firing that followed created panic in the area. People ran for cover as shopkeepers downed their shutters and fled to safety,” eyewitnesses said.
The area was cordoned off shortly by security forces, who also conducted searches in the area to try and nab the attackers.
In Srigufwara, too, panic was created by the blast. The blast was reported less than half an hour before the grenade attack in Anantnag.
“A battery in the police station premises exploded. I am at the spot and there has been no grenade attack, contrary to what is being told in the media,” a senior police official said.