JAMMU: A teenager was killed and 32 others injured in the incident in the crowded General Bus Stand area in the heart of the city with the attacker suspected to be linked to Hizbul Mujahideen with this connection, police said.
Mohammad Sharik, 17, a resident of Haridwar in Uttarakhand, who was among 33 people brought to hospital, succumbed to splinter injuries, they said.
Addressing a press conference in the evening, IGP Jammu MK Sinha said suspect Yasin Javid Bhat was nabbed by a police party at toll plaza in Nagrota.
He was in touch with Farooq Ahmad Bhat, a Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist from Kulgam, Sinha said, adding he was arrested on CCTV footage and testimony by eyewitnesses.
During questioning Bhat said he had procured the grenade from Farooq Bhat in Kulgam and reached Jammu in the morning, he said.
This is the third grenade attack
Since May last year, viewed by security agencies as an attempt to disturb the communal harmony and peace in the city.
They said the condition of four more injured persons was “critical” and they were both operated on the doctors.
The injured included 11 residents of Kashmir, two from Bihar and one each from Chhattisgarh and Haryana, the officials said.
Sinha said preliminary investigation suggested that someone lobbed the grenade in the bus stand area around the noon, causing the explosion.
The scene of the blast with BC Road was sealed off by police and a massive hunt was launched to nab the grenade thrower, Sinha, who immediately took the scene to the scene of the situation to take stock, said A parked bus of the state road transport corporation (SRTC) suffered extensive damage in the blast which caused panic among the people. “Whenever there is heightened state of alert, we strengthen checking and frisking but there is always a possibility of someone slipping through and this one looks like a case,” the IGP said.
The officer said that there was no attack on the city.
“General inputs are always there and the deployments have been made. We are working on the leads whenever we get inputs but there was nothing specific about this,” Sinha said.
“Obviously the intention is always to disturb the communal harmony and peace,” he said.
Immediately after the explosion, people ran to safety and later as the situation was returned.
Police parties along with sniffer dogs and forensic experts rushed to the spot and had launched a search operation, the officials said.
“The blast happened on the roadside when there was huge rush of people, I was there who was going to board a bus to Punjab,” one of the injured, Kuldeep Singh of the Pragwal area of the city, said.
Singh, who is undergoing treatment with his wife at Government Medical College Hospital for injuries, said he felt that someone hurled something which caused powerful explosion.
On December 28-29 last year, suspected terrorists carried out a
Grenade attack on the Jammu bus stand +
with the intention of targeting the local police station building, an attack which took place seven months after another grenade attack along the BC Road left two policemen and a civilian injured on May 24, 2018.