Migrant labourer killed in Srinagar grenade attack
At least 13 people were injured in the grenade attack, the second in less than a month, and were rushed to the nearby SMHS hospital where the condition of two is critical, officials said. The attack took place at 1.20 pm, a time the Hari Singh Hig...
This was the sixth grenade attack in Srinagar in the past few weeks. The J&K Police said the attacks were aimed at disrupting normal life and threatening street vendors.
The grenade attack took place at around 1:15 pm when shops were closed but street vendors were present in a large number.
The non-local killed in the attack was identified as Rinku Kumar of Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh. His wife was also injured in the attack. The injured have been rushed to SMHS hospital, where two of them are grappling with serious injuries.
Kumar is the 12th non-local killed in different attacks across the Kashmir Valley over the past three weeks. The police, however, said the latest grenade attack was unlike others in south Kashmir because it was not aimed at killing a non-local but Kumar just happened to be there.
“You have to apply your rationale and you will realise that the attack was aimed at disrupting normal life and street vendors. It was not an attack on any non-local,” Srinagar SSP Haseeb Mughal told ET.
“We received and treated 41 persons who suffered injuries in the attack,” Dr Nazir Ahmad Choudhary of SMHS hospital told ET.
Grenade attack has triggered panic in the administration as it means that militant networks have managed to enter the fortified city as well.
Over the past three weeks, 12 non-local labourers and fruit traders were killed across four districts of Shopian, Kulgam, Anantnag and Pulwama of southern Kashmir and in Srinagar.
On October 29, suspected terrorists killed five labourers from West Bengal in Kulgam. On October 28, a truck driver from Jammu was killed in Kanelwan village of Bijbehara. Two truckers from Rajasthan were shot dead while transporting apple crop in Chitragam village of Shopian on October 24. On October 14, unidentified gunmen killed truck driver Shareif Khan from Rajasthan in Sundhu village of Shirmal in Shopian. Within 48 hours, a brick kiln worker from Chhattisgarh, Sethi Kumar Sagar, was killed in Nehama of Pulwama. On the same day, fruit trader Charanjit Singh from Punjab was killed and his associate was injured in Trenz area of Shopian.