PDP-NC Workers Clash After Grenade Attack on PDP Rally

SRINAGAR: Violent clashes broke out between NC and PDP workers after a grenade was hurled at a PDP rally at Gundwani, Norabad of Kulgam district on Friday. The grenade however failed to explode averting a major tragedy.

Reports said a grenade was hurled at a PDP rally attended by hundreds of people and led by the party candidate Abdul Majeed Paddar at Gandwari area. 

The grenade, however, missed then intended target and went into a drain,” they said, adding: “it didn’t explode.”

The grenade hurled at the rally struck the roof top of one of the houses and then went down into a nearby drain. 

The incident triggered chaos in the rally with people running helter-skelter for safety. 

Sources said the people present in the rally overpowered the youth. “The people tried to thrash him but the PDP activists locked him in a room. Later, the security personal of PDP candidate handed over him to the army,” they said.

Police sources said the youth was handed over to police by army.

The accused was identified as Nowshad Ahmad Ganiae, resident of Awagam.

Soon after people took to streets and shopkeepers downed their shutters. 

Some locals also raised anti-NC slogans, accusing NC candidate  from Noorabad of being behind the failed attack.

Police and army later reached the spot and took into custody the accused person. 

DSP Kulgam, Irshad Ahmad said that police was investigating the matter.  

Roads were also sealed by the forces later and the situation was described by them tense but under control in the entire assembly segment.    

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