A civilian was killed while 24 others, including a policeman, were injured after terrorists threw a grenade at security forces in the city’s Hari Singh High Street locality here on Sunday, police said. “At around 4:20 p.m., terrorists threw a grenade at the deployment of police and security forces in Hari Singh High Street,” a police official said.
He said a policeman and 24 civilians were injured by shrapnel in the blast. The injured were rushed to Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital (SMHS), where a civilian succumbed to his injuries, the official added.
The deceased was identified as Mohammad Aslam Makhdoomi (70), a resident of the city’s Nowhatta district. The Hari Singh High Street area has been cordoned off and a hunt has been launched to catch the attackers, the official said.
Leaders of various political parties, including two former chief ministers of Jammu and Kashmir – Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti – condemned the attack. “I condemn this deplorable attack in the strongest possible terms. May the deceased find a place in Jannat and may the injured make a full and speedy recovery,” Abdullah wrote on Twitter.
“Condemn this despicable attack. The people of J&K have paid with their lives and unfortunately neither India nor Pakistan are doing anything to end the conflict and stop this bloodshed. My prayers are with the bereaved families and loved ones,” Mufti said in a tweet. The People’s Conference, led by Sajad Lone, also condemned the attack.
“We are shocked by the extremely distressing news of a grenade attack in a crowded market in Amira Kadal, Srinagar. We unreservedly condemn the despicable and cowardly attack in which one civilian was killed and many injured,” the party said in a statement.The perpetrators of the attack must be held accountable and brought to justice, it added.
“We pray for the peace of the soul of the deceased and the speedy recovery of those injured in this despicable act of violence. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and loved ones during this terrible time,” the party said. Condemning the incident, Apni party chairman Altaf Bukhari said the violence was unacceptable.
“My thoughts and prayers go out to those injured in the Hari Singh High Street grenade attack. Violence in any of its manifestations is unacceptable to us. I unequivocally condemn this cowardly act of violence,” he said. he said in a tweet Jammu and Kashmir BJP spokesman Altaf Thakur also condemned the grenade attack and called it a barbaric and cowardly act.
“Throwing a grenade into a crowded place is an act of frustration on the part of activists,” he said. He expressed his grief over the death of the civilian and prayed for the recovery of the injured.
Thakur urged the police to track down the attackers and punish them severely.