A militant hurled a grenade on Friday at a People's Democratic Party rally in south Kashmir's Kulgam district where local candidate Abdul Majid Paddar was addressing a gathering. The grenade, however, failed to explode.
The attack came in the afternoon when PDP's Noorabad constituency candidate Paddar was speaking to a rally at Gandiwani village of Dumhal Hanjipora.
A militant was spotted by people tossing a grenade. Fortunately, it fell into a drain and could not explode. It created panic among the people while others tried to overpower the grenade thrower.
A Srinagar-based army spokesman said a team of the army's Rashtriya Rifles apprehended the grenade thrower. "The person involved in grenade attack has been identified as Naushad Ganai, a resident of Augam area of Kulgam district," said the spokesman.
The army also rushed a bomb disposal squad to the spot. The militant has been handed over to the police.
The arrest has come just day after three militants were killed in south Kashmir's Pulwama district. The police on Friday said all the slain militants were locals. They were killed by a police party in the Tral area on Thursday evening.
A police spokesman identified them as Shiraz Ganai, Shabir Bargat alias Haider and Aasif Bhat. The police claim they were involved in militant attacks and belonged to the Lashkar-e-Toiba group.
PDP condemns grenade attack
The People's Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the grenade attack at its rally in Gandiwani village in Noorabad in south Kashmir's Kulgam district.
In a statement, party president Mehbooba Mufti said it is an act of cowardice on part of the PDP's political opponents who are feeling unnerved by the party's growing popularity and appeal among the people. Expressing relief that nobody was hurt in the incident, she said such incidents are meant to disrupt the ongoing electoral process in the state.
Mehbooba said political opponents of her party have become frustrated with the writing on the wall about their imminent defeat in the elections and that is why they have started resorting to cheap, dirty tricks. She demanded a thorough probe into the matter and said the police should immediately come out with the facts about it before the public.