Terrorists attempted to blow up the railway track by exploding a landmine in southern district of Pulwama on Wednesday, causing damage to the track and injuring a railway Chowkidar (watchman).
Sources said that terrorists had planted the landmine beneath the iron rail on the railway track at Gulzarpora in Pulwama. Sources said that the landmine was set off, probably through a remote control device at around 12.30 pm on Wednesday, which rocked the area. They said that the track suffered damage, and splinters hit a Chowkidar, who was removed to the hospital in an injured condition. Initial reports had said that no damage was caused to the railway track.
Hizbul Mujahideen owned responsibility for the blast and claimed that a patrol party of the Army was the target. A caller, identifying himself as the spokesperson of the outfit, told newspaper offices that several soldiers were injured or dead.
Col Pindse, spokesperson for Victor Force, denied that troops have suffered any casualty. "The troops were in the area. But they were quite far away from the blast site", he told Hindustan Times.
Lt Col AK Mathur, defence spokesperson in Srinagar said that the railway track was the target not the troops.
Kashmir valley is like to surface on the railway map of India by next year when the first train would run on rails in the snowy landscape between Qazigund and Baramullah. While the work on the railway track between the two extreme points of south and north Kashmir is in full swing, the first trial diesel mobile unit coach is likely to reach by road route Srinagar within the next two or three days. The 36-wheeled coach pulled by a 460 HP special engine on way to Srinagar hit Jammu-Srinagar national highway last week.
The blast has perturbed the police and security authorities, who say that it has exposed the vulnerability of the railway track to terrorist attacks.
Hizbul Mujahideen triggered another landmine blast at Urigund in Tral quarter of Pulwama district at 11.30 am on Wednesday. Sources said that a patrol party of security forces was moving in the area when the blast occurred. No casualty was reported in the blast.
Hizbul Mujahideen said that its activists shot dead a civilian Javaid Ahmad Bhat at Tarigam in southern Anantnag district. A Hizb spokesperson said that the slain civilian was working in tandem with security forces against the outfit. He said that a Hizb commander, Riyaz Ahmad was arrested by security forces on his information.
Unknown terrorists shot dead a widow at Warpora in northern Kashmir's Sopore belt. Police said that the assailants barged into the house of the widow and fired at her at 9 am. Police said that the woman died on the spot.