Seventeen people including three Army jawans were injured when a youth tried to lob a hand grenade towards a patrol party of the Army in the Matador Stand area of Azad Gunj in old town Baramulla. The person, however, who lobbed the grenade himself received serious splinter injures because of the blast.
According to Senior Superintendent of Police Baramulla, Viplub Kumar a teenaged boy Muneer Ahmed Bhat, a resident of Stadium Colony Baramulla, was noticed by security personnel and civilians while he was trying to lob a hand grenade towards them.
"This boy Muneer had taken off the pin from a hand grenade and was trying to throw it when he was challenged by an Army man who noticed him. The boy might have got frustrated and in all this the grenade exploded near him causing injuries to himself and the people standing in the area." Said SSP Baramulla, Viplub Kumar.
The injured were soon rushed to the district hospital Baramulla where the condition of three civilians including the grenade thrower and an Army Jawan are stated to be critical. Those critically injured have been rushed to the Srinagar hospital for further treatment.
"Eleven injured are undergoing treatment in Baramullah, whereas three people who were critically injured have been shifted to Srinagar for specialised treatment. Most injuries have been caused because of the splinters of the grenade," said Joginder Singh, Superintendent of District hospital Baramulla.
An eyewitness Iqbal Ahmed who received splinter injuries told HT "I was waiting for my bus to come. Suddenly an explosion took place. I noticed people bleeding and crying in pain. I myself was bleeding and soon we all were rushed to the hospital, where we came to know that the person who lobbed the grenade is himself injured."
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