Bombs hurled at hardware shop
PANIC GRIPPED part of Katra market near the University Road crossing this afternoon after four persons hurled at least six bombs at a hardware shop.
The shopowner, Vijay Jaiswal, and his servant received minor splinter injuries.
They were lucky as none of the crude bombs could hit them directly.
People ran helter skelter and some shop owners even downed their shutters in fear following the blasts which sent shock waves on the university campus also.
Cops from the nearby Colonelganj police station rushed to the spot after hearing the deafening noise of the explosions. Though they could not catch anyone involved in the incident but recovered one unexploded crude bomb from the site.
At around 2.30, the accused had reportedly come asking for Ashish Jaiswal nephew of the shopowner. Ashish sells wallets and other items from a makeshift shop in front of the hardware store. As he had closed his shop due to some work his uncle told the persons that he had gone somewhere. After this the accused went away. However, they returned after a few minutes and hurled bombs one after the other at the hardware shop.
Vijay feigned ignorance on his part over the incident saying he had no enmity with any person.
However, sources said, Vijay had a fight with some persons before Holi at the shop following an argument over price of some article. But things had cooled then. At that time his nephew had sided with his uncle.
A few days later the same men, who are suspected to have been involved in today’s incident, returned and had allegedly assaulted Ashish. A day or two later they again assaulted Ashish. After this they retaliated today by hurling bombs.
Inspector Colonelganj Vijay Pal Singh Yadav, however, said the fight had taken place between Ashish and some boys earlier. Later, both the parties shook hands but still the incident took place. Ashish was reluctant to divulge the names of the accused to the police following today’s incident, said the inspector.