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Two killed, 30 injured in grenade attack on minister’s cavalcade in Tral

September 22, 2017 03:51 AM
Minister briefing media after the attack on his cavalcade

Anantnag: Two civilians were killed and 30 others injured when unidentified militants attacked the cavalcade of works minister Naeem Akhtar with a grenade at Bus Stand Tral on Thursday. The minister escaped unhurt in the incident. However, some agencies put the death toll at 3.

Police said a rifle grenade was fired on the cavalcade and it landed near the last vehicle of the cavalcade and exploded with a big bang killing two civilians and injuring 30 others. Akhtar told reporters in Srinagar that the grenade fell near an official following his vehicle.

Witnesses and officials said that the suspected militants hurled a grenade towards the motorcade of the minister near Bus Stand Tral who was in the town to inaugurate some project in the area. "When the vehicles which were part of ministers cavalcade were passing through the area, suspected militants hurled a grenade which hit one of the vehicles part of the cavalcade and then exploded on the road with a bang." 



The attack was carried out when minister’s cavalcade was moving from a village to another village for inauguration of some development works and was crossing Tral Township.

Witnesses and officials said that the suspected militants hurled a grenade towards the motorcade of the minister near Bus Stand Tral who was in the town to inaugurate some project in the area. "When the vehicles which were part of ministers cavalcade were passing through the area, suspected militants hurled a grenade which hit one of the vehicles part of the cavalcade and then exploded on the road with a bang," witnesses and official sources told Kashmir Times.

Greiving family members of victim Pinky Kaur


In the grenade attack, at least 30 persons including seven CRFP troopers were injured. Among the injured, official sources said, are the superintending engineer and driver of the PWD minister. All the injured were immediately evacuated to sub-district hospital Tral where two of them including a woman succumbed to injuries. The deceased were identified as Ratandeep Kaur daughter of Ishpal Singh of Chatargam Tral and 80 year old Ghulam Nabi Trag son of Ghulam Ahmad Trag of Tral Payeen. Kaur was pursuing MBA and had gone to Tral in connection with the submission of some documents for examination. A para-medic posted at SDH Tral said a number of injured persons were referred to Srinagar on the basis of severity of their injuries.

As the injured were being taken to hospital, hundreds of people staged protests outside alleging that the forces including police and para-military men soon after the attack fired pellets on the people resulting in injuries. However, police in a statement denied that pellets were fired by personnel of para-military men. "This afternoon, militants hurled a grenade in bus stand in the police station Tral resulting in on spot death of two innocent civilians and injuries to thirty others. The injured included 7 CRPF men, 2 policemen and 21 civilians," police said in a statement issued to press.

The statement termed the use of pellets as reported by some social media as baseless. "No pellets were fired. However, some shots were fired in air to prevent any further attack. Security forces showed maximum restraint during the incident," the police statement quoting SP Awantipora said. 

The grenade attack triggered a complete shutdown in the Tral township. Reports said that soon after the attack that led to civilian deaths, shops and other business establishments were shut in the town while transport went off the roads.

Reports said that the deceased, Pinty Kaur was a MBA student and was waiting for the bus when bus stand rocked with blast. Another slain Ghulam Nabi Trag was the second person in his family who became victim of militancy. One of his sons was reportedly abducted by unidentified gunmen in 1991 and never returned home. A report said militants first hurled a grenade towards the Nayeem Akhtar’s cavalcade and later opened fire. (Kashmir Times)

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