August 2006 News

Kashmir Police Offers Bounty For Grenade Throwers

3 August 2006

Srinagar: Police in Indian Kashmir on Thursday offered 100,000 rupees ($2,141) in cash and a government job as reward to help catch militants behind a spate of grenade attacks in the revolt-torn region. More than three dozen civilians, including tourists, have been killed in over a 100 grenade blasts in Kashmir since January. Nearly 400 have been wounded. 'Police will provide 100,000 rupees and a government job to anyone who arrests a grenade thrower or provides information leading to an arrest,' said a police advertisement published in the 'Greater Kashmir' newspaper. It said the identity of people giving the information will be kept secret. Grenades have been thrown in buses, at bus stations, busy intersections and in markets. Many were aimed at security vehicles or police foot patrols but have missed their targets, exploding among civilians. 'I am sure people are fed up with these brutal attacks and will come forward (with information),' a security official, who did not want to be identified, said. India's Home Secretary V.K Duggal said last month Muslim militants fighting Indian rule in the region were hiring local criminals and 'vagabonds' to throw grenades. There are more than 500,000 people listed as unemployed in Jammu and Kashmir, and officials are hoping that the lure of a government job could help obtain information about militants from them. More than 45,000 people have been killed in the separatist revolt in Jammu and Kashmir, mainly Hindu India's only Muslim-majority state, since 1989. ($1 46.70 rupees)


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