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Grenade blast leaves 10 civilians injured

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‘Journalist’ carrying two grenades held, trooper injured in Shopian

Srinagar: As many as ten civilians, two of them women, were injured in a grenade blast at a busy market in city centre area of Lal Chowk in Srinagar on Tuesday.
Police said that militants hurled a grenade towards security forces in Hari Singh High Street near Amira Kadal area in Srinagar at around 1445 hours.
However, they said, the device missed the target and exploded on the roadside, causing injuries to ten civilians who were shifted to nearby hospital for treatment.
Soon after the blast, a large posse of police and paramilitary forces reached the spot and cordoned off the entire area. Massive searches and frisking followed the incident, they said.
“Following the grenade attack, all the entry and exit points in and around Lal Chowk area were sealed and all the Nakas/checkpoints across the City Srinagar were activated,” a police spokesman said in a statement.
“During the intensive checking, a joint naka party near Makkah Market apprehended a suspicious person and upon the search of his bag recovered 02 live grenades. He has been identified as Adil Farooq Bhat son of Farooq Ahmad Bhat resident of Khrew Pampore, a journalist working as Sub-Editor with (local) News Agency.”
Pertinently, Adil Farooq was arrested earlier also in Feb-2019 and detained under PSA for his involvement in providing logistics as well as other support to the active (militants) operating in Khrew area, the spokesman said.
Police have registered cases under relevant section of law regarding both the incidents and investigation is going on vigorously from all the angles viz-a-viz today’s grenade throwing incident and subsequent recovery of two live grenades, he said. “More arrests are expected and further details shall follow,” the spokesman added.
Meanwhile, the injured have been identified as Aparna (35) wife of Ranjit Bera of Calcutta, at present HSH Street, Owais Ahmad son of Ghulam Mohammad Laway of Chanpora, Gulzar Ahmad Ganai son of Ghulam Mohideen of Ajas Bandipora, at present Magarmal Bagh here, Raigan Singh son of Janak Singh of Ramban, Abdul Gani Shah son of Abdul Ahad of Seel Beerwah, Mushtaq Ahmad of Khumani Chowk Bemina (TSO Food and Supplies), Tariq Ahmad son of Muhammad Shafi of Burzhama Srinagar, Suhail Ahmad Dar son of Farooq Ahmad Dar of Chadoora, Zualikha Wife of Mohammad Hafeez of Kargil and Firdous Ahmad Kotta Son of Gulam Ahmad of Bemina.
Meanwhile, a security force personnel was injured in firing by militants on a road opening party of the CRPF in Shopian district of south Kashmir on Tuesday, officials said.
The ultras attacked the team at Kralcheck while they were carrying out road opening duties, they said.
Constable Ajay Kumar of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) sustained injuries, they said.
The area has been cordoned off and search operations have begun, they added.


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