Anantnag: The family of the juvenile boy arrested in Nagrota on Thursday for lobbing a grenade inside the bus stand in Jammu has vouched for his innocence and has also appealed to Governor Satyapal Malik for justice.
Yasir Javed Bhat alias Arhaan, son of Javed Ahmad Bhat, was arrested Thursday afternoon on the outskirts of Jammu city hours after a grenade blast rocked the state transport SRTC bus stand in Jammu.
The blast left at least one person dead and more than 30 injured — all civilians.
Following Yasir’s arrest, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Jammu MK Sinha said that the arrest was made on the basis of available CCTV footage as well as eyewitness accounts from the spot.
“During preliminary interrogation he has confessed to have committed the crime. He revealed that he was asked to carry out the attack by a Hizb commander from Kulgam, namely Farooq Ahmad Bhat alias Umar,” Sinha told reporters in Jammu on Thursday.
Today in Khanpora village of Desun, here in Yaripora area of Kulgam district, the family of Yasir refuted the allegations and said their juvenile son was innocent.
“He is only 14 years old. He has nothing to do with all of this,” the family members said, adding that there must have been a mistake.
The family maintained that Yasir left home for his maternal home in Hangalbush village, nearby, and spent the night there on Wednesday.
“He, we have been told, left his maternal home on Thursday morning. Following this piece of information we remained unable to trace him,” the family said.
They said that they came to know about his arrest through news reports and had no inkling of what was happening to their son.
“He is a Class 9 student and a studious one. He has never indulged in any kind of subversive activity and we firmly believe that he is innocent,” the family said.
Yasir’s family members have now appealed to Governor Satyapal Malik to look into the matter and make sure that justice is done to him.