38 injured in series of grenade attacks in Kashmir
24 May 2006
Srinagar: Notwithstanding the tight security in the Valley, militants carried out six grenade attacks injuring at least 38 people, including 14 security personnel. The first attack was carried out at Qammerwari, 10 km from the venue of the round table. A security picket on the Srinagar-Baramulla road was targeted, causing injuries to 10 persons including two Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans, official sources said. In the second attack, militants hurled a grenade towards a CRPF jawan at Sarafkadal in downtown Srinagar. Two civilians and the CRPF jawan were injured. Another grenade attack took place at Zadibal. Militants targeted the local police station, and four policemen and five civilians were injured. The sources said a CRPF sub-inspector was injured when militants lobbed a hand grenade and fired on a security vehicle at Batingoo-Khanabal, 55 km from here on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway in Anantnag. There were also grenade attacks in Badgam district and in the Tanki Pora area. A general strike and unprecedented security for the round table threw life out of gear in Srinagar and other parts of the Kashmir Valley. A three-tier security cordon was in place within a five-km radius of the Sher-e-Kashmir International Conference Centre, where Prime Minister Manmohan Singh chaired the Unified Command meeting and the round table. The Prime Minister's Special Protection Group took control of the venue, while security forces maintained a vigil with barricades of bulletproof bunkers every 100 metres. The police put Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani under house arrest at Hyderpora. Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front leader Javed Mir was also arrested.