Blast Inside Tuition Centre In Pulwama, 22 Students Injured

SRINAGAR —  At least twenty two students were injured in a mysterious blast inside in a private school at Narbal village in Kakapora area of south Kashmir's Pulwama district on Wednesday.

Reports said that the explosion took place inside a class room of 10th class of a private school (tuition centre) known as Falai-e-Millat at Narbal.

22 students sustained splinter injuries in the blast and have been admitted to different hospitals including Srinagar’s SMHS. The condition of all the students is stated to be stable, they said.

The injured were taken to PHC Kakpora from where nine students were shifted to SMHS Srinagar, four to Bone and Joint hospital Barzullah here, as many to district hospital Pulwama and five to Sub-District hospital Pampore.

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A police officer who is investigating the case said that preliminary investigations suggest that one of the students may have brought the explosive shell from the encounter site at Ratnipora, some three kilometers away from Narbal, Kakpora. However he insisted that the investigation are preliminary in nature.  

SSP Pulwama Chandan Kholi said that the blast took place at around 2:00 p.m and 16 students suffered injuries in the blast. “Police team immediately rushed to the spot and shifted the injured to hospital,” SSP said.

He said an FIR has been registered in police station Kakpora and the investigation was in progress and further details will be shared later," SSP said. Police in a statement put the number of injured to 12.  

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“Today at about 1430 hours some explosion took place inside the class room of standard 10 of a private school (tuition centre) known as Falai-e-Millat at Narbal in district Pulwama. In this incident as per the last report received 12 students have sustained injuries,” police said in a statement issued here. “Police officers reached at the spot and are ascertaining the nature and circumstances of the blast,” it said, adding, a case has been registered and “investigation is in progress.”

"I was teaching and then suddenly an explosion occurred. I can't say how many students are injured," Jawed Ahmed, a teacher at the private school where the explosion occurred. There were massive clashes in the Pulwama after the blast took place.

Meanwhile, chairmen of both factions of Hurriyat Conference—Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq besides National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah expressed serious concern over the blast.   

Expressing grave concern over the serious injuries to the students Mirwaiz strongly condemned the incident and said such incidents have taken place in the past as well in various places across Kashmir killing and seriously injuring children.

He said that due to the prevailing level of huge political instability in Kashmir, no citizen feels secure in the Valley and all this is the direct outcome of the lingering Kashmir dispute.

He prayed for speedy recovery of the injured students and expressed solidarity and sympathy with their families.

Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani expressed serious concern and anguish over the killing of a 15-year-old boy Suhail Ahmad Wani in Drugmulla, Kupwara and injuries to students in Kakapora, Pulwama due to mysterious blasts, terming it a “well thought conspiracy”.

He said the back to back mysterious blasts was a “well thought conspiracy and bloody plan by the oppressor to subjugate and deviate the attention of people from atrocities committed by government forces against them”.

“We are shocked over the death of a budding kid,” Geelani said in a statement and prayed for the grieved family to bear this irreparable loss. He also prayed for a speedy recovery to those injured.

National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah called for a probe into the blast.

"Education must be made conflict neutral. It is unacceptable & inhuman to have explosives going off inside classrooms. I condemn this act unequivocally & hope that it is properly investigated. The truth must be known & the guilty must be severely punished," Omar tweeted. 

Governor ‘Regrets’, Announces Rs 50000 Ex-Gratia  To Each Injured

Governor Satya Pal Malik has deeply regretted the unfortunate incident of an explosion at a school in Pulwama in which at least twenty two students were injured.

Governor has prayed for speedy recovery of all the children and announced an ex-gratia amount of Rs. 50,000 for all those injured, said an official handout.

He has directed the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir to ensure best possible medical treatment to injured children.

 

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