June 2007 News

Two Civilians Killed, 14 Injured

25 June 2007
The Daily Excelsior

Jammu: Two civilians were killed and 14 others including five women were injured when a militant lobbed a grenade in a crowded area at Old Bus Stand in Doda town this afternoon. Militant responsible for throwing the grenade has been identified with the help of eye witness account. He was a local of Doda outskirts and was affiliated with Fareed Sheikh group of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) outfit. Searches were on to apprehend him. Official sources said a militant threw a grenade aiming crowded area of Old Bus Stand, Doda at 1 pm. The grenade fell on the target causing serious injuries to 16 persons, two of whom later died. The militant managed to escape after executing the task. Police parties led by SSP Doda Manohar Singh rushed to the spot and shifted injured to District Hospital, Doda. Para-military personnel also reached the spot and launched a search operation for the grenade thrower. According to sources, angle of the grenade attack indicated that it appeared to have been thrown from inside a prominent hotel in the area. Employees of the hotel were quizzed by police. Sources said eye-witness account helped police to identity the militant involved in throwing grenade on the people. However, they declined to reveal his identity as he was yet to be apprehended. He was a resident of Doda outskirts and belonged to Fareed Sheikh group of LeT outfit, sources said, pointing out that Sheikh group's 6 militants were arrested by Doda police few days back from Bhadarwah town for their involvement in different grenade attacks. Two civilians, who were killed in grenade blast, have been identified as Nissar Ahmed son of Mangta Sheikh R-o Baswal and Riyaz Ahmed son of Abdul Rashid Malik R-o Anchakri. Fourteen injured undergoing treatment in District Hospital Doda include Shabir Ahmed son of Mohd Shaffi Wani R-o Kastigarh, Gian Chand son of Bhagat Ram Thakur R-o Khankoot, Nissar Ahmed and Fayaz Ahmed, both brothers and sons of Mohd Sharief Bhat, residents of Gandoh, Mohd Rafiq son of Subhan Sheikh R-o Akramabad, Mohd Ramzan son of Abdul Qadir R-o Khunu, Sajjad Ahmed son of Bashir Ahmed R-o Kastigarh, Ghulam Abbas son of Mohd Sharief Khan R-o Pranu, Irshad Ahmed son of Mukhtiar Ahmed R-o Gandoh, Prabhi Devi wife of Tulsi Ram R-o Assar, Zulfa wife of Bashir Ahmed Gujjar R-o Bunjwa, Geeta Devi wife of Rajiv Kumar Bhagat R-o Assar, Suraiya Begum wife of Mohd Israyil Gujjar R-o Bunjwa and Fareeda Begum wife of Mohd Akram R-o Kastigarh. Injured were responding to the treatment, sources said. They added that there was no presence of para-military or police in the area where the grenade was thrown. It was apparent that the grenade was thrown on innocent civilians, who were standing at Old Bus Stand. Blast spread panic in Doda town and people ran for cover as grenade exploded with a deafening sound. However, within minutes people gathered at the spot and joined rescue operation by shifting injured to hospital. Police and para-military continued searches in parts of Doda and Bhadarwah to apprehend the militant involved in throwing the grenade. There were reports that the militant might have escaped to Bhadarwah where Fareed Sheikh group has its hide-outs after the blast. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has condemned the grenade attack. Describing the act as dastardly and handiwork of anti-peace elements, he said that bloodshed of innocent persons is highly condemnable by all human standards.


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