Grenade Attacks In Lal Chowk Srinagar, Shopian  

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SRINAGAR —  In a second grenade attack in 24 hours here and third in the Valley ahead of January 26, militants hurled a grenade on government forces in Srinagar on Friday afternoon. There was similar attack in Shopian district of Kashmir Valley as well and both attacks were claimed to have been carried out by militant outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad.

Reports said that the militants lobbed a grenade on CRPF vehicle near Ghanat Ghar (Clock Tower) in Lal Chowk Srinagar, the busiest market in the heart of city. In the blast there was no immediate report of any injury to person. However, reports of damage to some vehicles and glasses of some shops were reported.

The government forces launched massive searches in the area and carried frisking of the pedestrian. 

At Gagran Shopian, militants hurled a grenade on SOG camp. However, there was no report of any injury in the explosion.

 “Police had to attend two terror crime spots today following the reports of grenade attack by (militant) at Srinagar and Shopian,” a police spokesman said.

Officers from the local police units immediately reached to both the spots on Friday afternoon to initiate the investigation in the matter.

 “While attending the spot, officers did not receive any report pertaining to the loss of life or property,’ the spokesman said.

Police has registered cases for both the incidents, the spokesman said and added that the officers from the local police units are at work to establish the full circumstances which led to these incidents.

On Thursday, an ASI of police and two traffic cops were injured in a grenade attack at Zero Bridge area of Rajbagh, Srinagar. 

Meanwhile, like yesterday’s attack, Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militant outfit claimed responsibly for the grenade attacks in which it said several paramilitary forces personnel were injured.  

A spokesperson of JeM Mohammad Hassan in a statement issued to a local news agency GNS claimed that three forces personnel were critically injured in the attack on a CRPF vehicle at Lal Chowk “just few steps away from the Ghanta Ghar (Clock Tower).” 

He also claimed that several forces personnel were critically injured in the attack at Gagran in south Kashmir’s Shopian district.

Police Issues Advisory 

 In view of threat of attack during the forthcoming R-Day, Jammu and Kashmir Police Thursday issued advisory to officers, asking them to remain vigil round-the-clock as several new check-points have been set up for frisking of people here.

The present security situation in the state, some nakas and frisking points have been established in the city as well as rural areas for the security and safety of the people, advisory issued by the Inspector-General of Police office here.

“People are requested to cooperate with police at naka and frisking points. Do not feel it as harassment by police,” it said.

The advisory said that from the security point of view, it is requested to all the school managements in the district to not allow any stranger and give necessary precautionary instructions to students.

People are also requested to take preventive actions like not touching any abandoned object, informing police immediately on seeing any suspicious person and object or material.

“If you have any information about any anti-national and anti-social elements, please contact your nearest police station or dial 100 which is available round-the-clock,” the advisory said.

It asked passengers travelling in vehicles to be alert while tavelling and going at crowded places like – bus stand, railway station, shopping complex, malls, hospitals.

The advisory said that all the station house officers and incharge police posts have been directed to remain present in their respective jurisdiction round-the-clock.

The incharge border police posts have been directed to keep a vigil on infiltration routes used by anti-national elements in the past, it said.

Village defence committee members, numberdars and chowkidars are directed to cooperate with police while performing their duties for safety and security, especially in view of the forthcoming Republic Day.

 

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