Grenade Lobbed at Telecom Tower in Srinagar



Cop inspecting the telecom tower in Srinagar after grenade attack. Pics: Bilal Bahadur

Panic gripped Gadood Bagh area of Srinagar’s Habba Kadal Monday when ‘suspected militants’ lobbed grenade at telecom tower in the area, which missed the target, exploded close by and left one person injured.

Police, however, has turned down the incident, which has already triggered a great panic in the area.

Monday’s attack on telecom tower is the first incident in summer capital after grenade attacks on mobile towers were reported from Sopore and Handwara areas of north Kashmir.

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Grenade damaged windowpane of vehicles.

Notably, panic spread in restive Sopore town earlier when spate of threats were issued to telecom operators, offices and tower owners, asking them “to wind up the services”.

Later the threats turned deadly when two men associated with telecom services in the town were killed by suspected militants. In fact, the state’s top cop, DGP K Rajendra said Hizb was behind the attacks on mobile service providers in the valley. Though the Hizb supremo Syed Salahudin termed the act “handiwork of Indian agencies”, separatist leaders like Muhammad Yasin Malik and Syed Ali Geelani asked Hizb chief to unmask the assailants.

Amid all this, J-K Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed said “threat won’t deter peace”.

On Monday, similar spate of threats was reported from the parts of south Kashmir—following which, many telecom employees have stopped maintaining the mobile towers and those having franchise of telecom companies started distancing themselves from such services.

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