As many as 32 people were injured in a grenade explosion at the Jammu bus stand on Thursday morning. The incident happened around 12 noon, after which the police cordoned off the entire area, and are conducting an investigation.
MK Sinha, IGP Jammu on blast at bus stand, earlier told ANI: “It was a grenade explosion, it has caused injuries to approximately 18 people, all shifted to hospital.” The blast has occurred just a few days after 44 CRPF jawans were killed in a suicide bomb attack in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir.
Three persons are said to be critical. All injured have been shifted to the Government Medical College (GMC) hospital nearby.
“So far, 28 (now 32) persons were brought with splinter injuries. Three are critical, of whom two are being operated,” Principal, Government Medical College (GMC) hospital, Sunanda Raina told PTI.
The person behind the attack has since been arrested. DGP J&K Dilbagh Singh told ANI: “The person who threw the grenade at the Jammu bus stand earlier today, has been arrested.”
IGP Jammu’s Twitter handle confirmed that 17-year-old Mohammad Sharik from Haridwar, Uttarakhand had succumbed to the injuries sustained in the blast.
The scene of the blast, along BC Road, was sealed off by the police and the general area was cordoned off soon after the incident.
Here is a list of those injured in the attack, released by the GMC Hospital in Jammu:
“The attack was clearly intended to disturb the state’s internal peace. We are collecting evidence and an investigation is underway. No suspect has been taken into custody yet,” Sinha said.
A National Investigation Agency (NIA) team reached the site of the grenade attack at Jammu’s main bus stand on Thursday.
Sources in the agency said the team rushed to the spot soon after getting information about the blast, IANS reported.
Meanwhile, MoS Defence, Subhash Bhamre, said that the government has already given “complete liberty to the forces to take all necessary steps”.
Union Minister Arun Jaitley also condemned the attack. “I wish the injured a speedy recovery,” he tweeted.
State Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal also expressed their condolences on Twitter:
This was the first grenade attack in Jammu-Kashmir since the killing of 40 CRPF personnel in Pulwama last month.