Army persuades villagers not to lynch man who lobbed grenade at mosque
A MILITANT group in Kashmir had paid Rs 1,000 to a youth to lob the grenade that killed six people outside a mosque at Tahab village in Pulwama district of J&K on Friday.
The army on Saturday paraded 22-year-old Ghulam Nabbi Mir before mediapersons and said villagers had seen him throw the grenade. Ghulam, from Litter village, described himself as just a “worker” of Hizbul Mujahideen.
Ghulam told HT his target was Moulvi Abdul Rasheed Dawoodi, a moderate religious leader and chief of Sawt-ul-Awliya.
“I was paid Rs 1,000 to eliminate him,” said Ghulam. “I do not know why (the militants) want to kill Dawoodi.” Accompanied by his followers, Dawoodi was about to enter the mosque to give a sermon when the explosion took place. He suffered splinter injuries.
Ghulam said a Hizb activist Gulzar Ahmad Mir alias Nikka had lured him to carry out the attack. “Nikka came to me, handed over a grenade and asked me to toss it on Dawoodi,” he said. He said it was his first such assignment.
The army said villagers who caught Ghulam wanted to punish him themselves but handed him over to the army on Friday night after much persuasion. Brigadier G.S. Katoch of the 70 Infantry Brigade said Ghulam confessed that the plot to kill Dawoodi was hatched by two Hizb commanders, Rais Ahmad Dar and Ghulam’s uncle Ashfaq Ahmad. firstname.lastname@example.org