One dead, 24 injured in grenade attack in busy Srinagar market near Amira Kadal

Updated on Mar 07, 2022 06:48 AM IST

One person died and 24 others were injured in a grenade attack by suspected militants in a busy market near the Amira Kadal Bridge, Srinagar, on Sunday

Security personnel at the site of a grenade attack at the Hari Singh High Street near the Amira Kadal Bridge in Srinagar on Sunday. (Waseem Andrabi/ HT)
Security personnel at the site of a grenade attack at the Hari Singh High Street near the Amira Kadal Bridge in Srinagar on Sunday. (Waseem Andrabi/ HT)
By, Hindustan Times, Srinagar

At least one person died and 24 others were injured in a grenade attack by suspected militants in a busy market area of Srinagar on Sunday. Most of the injured were civilians, including a girl who is critical, besides a policeman. Officials said the grenade attack took place in the busy market near the Amira Kadal Bridge.

“In this terror act, one old man from Nowhatta (old city) has succumbed to his injuries while one girl is critical. As many as 24 other persons, including 23 civilians, have received splinter injuries and are out of danger,” said the Srinagar police in a tweet.

Senior superintendent of police (SSP), Srinagar, Rakesh Balawal said the Nowhatta man, 70, succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. “The grenade was thrown in the busy Sunday market,” he said.

The market witnesses an increased rush owing to Sunday as there are a lot of street vendors.

Deputy inspector general of police, central Kashmir, Sujit Kumar said that unfortunately civilians became the target and suffered more injuries.

He said that they were keeping a track of the situation and would be analysing the CCTV footage.

“We will be checking CCTV footage, (inputs from nearby) command vehicles and other eyewitnesses to trace the attackers,” he said.

He acknowledged that crowded places were getting targetted but refuted any security lapse.

“Security personnel were deployed here and there was no lapse as our policeman was also injured in the attack,” he said.

“We are trying to improve. Certainly, this is becoming a trend. We have got vital clues and we will trace them soon,” he said.

After the attack, the Srinagar police urged the civilians to be vigilant and report any suspected activity.

The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) said the attack was aimed at security forces and police personnel who were stationed for duty in the Amira Kadal area of the capital.

The medical superintendent of nearby Shri Maharaja Hari Singh hospital, Kanwaljeet Singh said they received 21 persons with injuries to the hospital. “One among the injured is critical. We don’t have the identities of all the injured yet,” he said.

The policeman was injured in his foot and was discharged from the hospital after treatment. Amira Kadal is a commercial area that sees a high footfall of locals.

Kishore Prasad, DIG, CRPF, said the attack took place at the Hari Singh High Street where a party of security forces remains stationed for duty, adding no CRPF jawan was injured in the incident.

IGP, Kashmir, Vijay Kumar said the police are working hard for the identification and arrest of those involved in Sunday’s grenade attack and will smash this grenade throwing module at the earliest. He said that Police have got some vital clues and the investigation is rigorously going on in the right direction.

The attack elicited widespread condemnations. National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah said in a tweet: “I condemn this deplorable attack in the strongest possible terms. May the deceased find a place in ‘jannat’ and may the injured make a complete and speedy recovery.”

People’s Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti termed it a dastardly attack. “People of J&K have been paying with their lives and sadly neither India nor Pakistan is doing anything to end the conflict and stop this bloodshed. My prayers are with the bereaved families and loved ones,” she said.

Srinagar mayor Junaid Azim Mattu wrote on Twitter, “Strongly condemn the grenade attack at Hari Singh High Street and my prayers for those injured in this barbaric, senseless terror attack.”

J&K LG Manoj Sinha said in a tweet: “I strongly condemn the terror attack in Srinagar. My deepest condolences to family of innocent civilian martyred and wish speedy recovery to the injured.We are firmly resolved to dismantle terror ecosystem and defeat terrorist menace that continues to be perpetrated by neighbouring country.”

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