Petrol bombs hurled at my house, says J-K education minister Naeem Akhtar

  • Toufiq Rashid, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Aug 02, 2016 11:49 IST
Two petrol bombs were hurled at Jammu and Kashmir education minister Naeem Akhtar’s house. (ANI Photo)

Jammu and Kashmir education minister Naeem Akhtar said on Tuesday petrol bombs were hurled at his house in the Parray Pora area of Srinagar

“The house is unguarded and no one was present there when the attack took place,’’ Akhtar told HT.

The minister lives in his official bungalow at Gupkar Road. The attack reportedly took place late on Monday night.

Kashmir has been on the boil since the killing of Hizbul-Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter in southern Kashmir on July 8. His death sparked violent protests in the Valley that killed close to 50 people and wounded thousands.

Kashmiris have alleged atrocities by Indian armed forces during street protests, and the use of pellet guns has been under the scanner. Separatist have asked for a social boycott of ruling Peoples Democratic Party leaders.

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Akhtar said two petrol bombs were thrown at the house. No one was injured in the incident, but minor damages were reported.

“One bomb fell inside the compound...The fire was doused by neighbours,” Akhtar said.

Last month, protesters burnt a PDP leader’s house in southern Kashmir. Chief minister Mehbooba Mufti too faced protests last week. She was surrounded by girl students at Srinagar’s oldest women’s college on Sunday, and the protesters shouted slogans demanding ‘azadi (freedom)’.

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