June 2000 News

I have clues to Friday''s bomb attack, claims Shia leader

4 June 2000
The Hindustan Times

Srinagar: FORMER JAMMU and Kashmir Minister and prominent Shia leader Maulvi Iftikhar Hussain Ansari today claimed he had some clues on the involvement of certain people in the murderous attack on him at Pattan. Ansari was injured in the blast that killed 11 people at a religious congregation in Pattan on Friday. The former Jammu and Kashmir Minister made this claim when former Union Minister and senior Congress leader Rajesh Pilot, accompanied by two Jammu and Kashmir Congress leaders G R Kar and Taj Mohiuddin, visited his residence here. However, the religious leader said he would not disclose names of those behind the explosion and would like the Government to come out with facts about the incident. The prominent Shia leader complained that security agencies did not sanitise the area on the eve of the congregation as was done previously, adding he was the main target of the attack. Pilot and the two State Congress leaders also visited family members of those killed in the explosion. Flaying the State Government for not providing adequate security at the religious gathering, Pilot said it was the duty of the State to protect lives of the people. Eleven people were killed and an equal number, including Ansari, were injured when militants set off an improvised explosive device at Pattan, 27 kms from Srinagar, on June 2. The improvised explosive device (IED), planted by militants under a dais, was detonated when Ansari was addressing the congregation at Khawaja Gund-e-Qasim.


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