J-K: Pakistani undertrial dies after setting off grenade inside prison van; 5 policemen injured

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Jun 20, 2015 17:39 IST

A Pakistani militant allegedly set off a grenade while being taken back to prison after a court hearing in Sopore town of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, killing himself and injuring four policemen.

According to a local police official, an initial investigation suggested that the militant, Waheed-ur-Rehman Khan, was carrying the grenade.

“He was must have triggered the grenade himself as we found a live grenade on him,” said Abdul Qayoom, superintendent of police of Sopore.

“Somebody must have handed him the grenade in the court premises,'' Qayoom added.

Khan, a resident of Pakistan who was arrested in 2010, was being taken back to the central jail in Srinagar after attending a court hearing in Sopore.

The blast occurred when the police vehicle transporting Khan was passing through Hygam area of Sopore.

Sopore has been in the news for a series of mysterious killings since May 25. Unidentified gunmen have killed six people in the town.

The injured policemen were admitted to a hospital in Srinagar.

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