One killed, several injured in Lal Chowk grenade blast

Srinagar

A panic spread in city centre Lal Chowk Monday afternoon when suspected militants hurled grenade at forces personnel at Hari Singh High Street Market Lalchowk area  of Srinagar leaving one dead and more than 35 persons injured.

A man cleaning the blood stains as the forces Personnel inspect the spot after suspected militants hurl a grenade at the busy Hari Singh High Street Srinagar on Monday November 4,2019
KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

The attack comes despite tight security in Kashmir valley since the centre revoked Article 370 on August 5.

An official said that the injured were immediately evacuated to SMHS hospital for treatment where the condition of two locals identified as Aijaj and Fayaz Ahmed are critical.

He identified the deceased as non-local vendor Rinku singh a resident of Saharanpur.

Soon after the attack, heavy contingents of police including paramilitary CRPF reached the site of incident and entire area was cordoned off and massive manhunt launched. Today’s attack is second in HSHS area on October 12. In the last such attack, seven people including a woman sustained injuries.

On October 28, 19 people sustained injuries in the grenade attack in the busy market near general bus stand Sopore.  On October 5, 13 people sustained injuries in a grenade attack at Ananatnag. Six CRPF men sustained injuries in a grenade attack outside SMHS hospital Srinagar on October 26. Before that, a grenade was tossed in Nawa Kadal area of Srinagar that however, didn’t cause any injury.

Forces Personnel inspect the spot after suspected militants hurl a grenade at the busy Hari Singh High Street Srinagar on Monday November – 4,2019.
KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

Today’s attack is sixth grenade attack since August 5, when Centre scrapped Article 370 on August 5 and bifurcated the erstwhile state into two Union Territories (UTs)

A case has been registered in this regard, said an official.

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