SRINAGAR – Suspected militants Saturday afternoon lobbed a grenade at a paramilitary post near Palladium cinema at city center Lal Chowk which missed its target and exploded on the road. At least seven pedestrians and a Sub-Inspector of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were injured in the attack.
The attacked created panic around the area and people were seen running for safety. However, the situation came under control soon with normal operations resuming in the area.
Reports said that the injured were shifted to a nearby hospital for treatment. Police identified the injured as Halima wife of Abdul Rashid resident of Chaki-Kawoosa, Abdul Rehman Wani son of Abdul Khaliq resident of Chaki-Kawoosa, Bashir Ahmad Mir son of Ghulam Ahmad resident of Bemina, Ghulam Nabi Nayak son of Ghulam Nabi and his eight-year-old son Farooq Ahmad resident of Devsar, Kulgam, Abdul Majeed son of Ghulam Hyder resident of Natipora, Mushtaq Ahmad resident of Shivpora and a Sub-Inspector of 132 BN CRPF Hari Ram Devakar.
Soon after the attack, senior police and paramilitary officers including Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Amit Kumar arrived at incident spot and took stock of the situation. The area was immediately cordoned off by police, CRPF and Special Operation Group (SOG) personal.
Several shopkeepers close to the CRPF bunker ran for cover soon after explosion and left their shops open, the witnesses said.
Due to grenade explosion, the glasses of several cars, which were parked around the banker, got smashed.
The Palladium forces installation has been attacked dozens of times since the outbreak of armed insurgency in Kashmir.
The attack has come at a time when Jammu and Kashmir is going through polls and voting for the first phase has already taken place with high turnout.
Soon after the attack, the police, SOG and CRPF intensified security across the Srinagar city, an official said. He said the security personal laid checkpoints at multiple places in the city including in Old City and are conducting frisking.