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8 injured in Srinagar grenade attack, accused held

SRINAGAR: At least eight people, including Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) inspector and seven civilian were injured in a grenade attack at Hari Singh High Street area of Srinagar on Tuesday afternoon.

The grenade explosion took place a day ahead of Republic Day and at a time when entire Kashmir is on a high alert amid aerial surveillance of drones and intense area domination.

Official sources said that unknown persons lobbed a grenade towards police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) party at Hari Singh High Street area this afternoon. They said that eight persons, including a non-local resident were wounded in the attack.

The injured have been identified as ACB Inspector Tanveer Hussain of Budgam, Tanveera, 38, wife of Muhammad Shafi Bhat of Chattabal, Muhammad Shafi Bhat, 43, son of Ghulam Muhammad of Chattabal, Asmat, 40, wife of Zahoor Ahmad Hajam of Charar-e-Shareef, Nusrat, 48, wife of Dr. Tazeem of Nawab Bazar, Zahoor Ahmad Lone, 30, son of Ghulam Rasool of Khanyar, Gayas-u-din, 35, son of Zain-ul-Aabudin of Assam, Imtiyaz Ahmad Wani of Lal Chowk.

All the injured have been rushed to Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) hospital here for treatment where their condition is stated to be stable.

Besides, the front mirrors of two ornament shops namely Qazi ornaments and Asian ornaments got also damaged in the incident, they said. Meanwhile, a police spokesman in a statement issued said that unknown militants hurled a grenade upon a police vehicle near Hari Singh High Street, Srinagar.

“In this incident, a few civilians sustained minor splinter injuries, besides causing minor damage to the police vehicle. All the injured were immediately shifted to a nearby hospital, where they have been discharged after required treatment.”

Senior police officers immediately reached the spot, police said, adding that the area has been cordoned and search in the area is going on.

Moreover, the police have registered a case in this regard under relevant sections of law and investigation is in progress. “Officers continue to work to establish the full circumstances of this incident.”

Meanwhile, IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar tweeted that the person who lobbed the grenade at HSHS today has been arrested by the Srinagar police while further investigations were on. The IGP also tweeted: “Chronic stone pelter Aijaz Wani S/O Fayaz Wani R/O Fatehkadal, Srinagar lobbed a grenade on civilians in which a few civilians got injured, Investigation is going on.”—(KNO)


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