At least 32 people were injured on Thursday in a grenade attack by suspected terrorists at a crowded bus stand in the heart of the city. Three of the injured are said to be critical.
This is the third grenade attack by suspected terrorists in the bus stand area of the city since May last year.
“So far 28 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.
Inspector General of Police, Jammu, M K Sinha said preliminary investigation suggested that someone lobbed the grenade in the bus stand area around noon, causing the explosion.
The scene of the blast along B C Road was sealed off by police and a massive hunt has been launched to nab the grenade thrower, Sinha, who immediately rushed to the scene to take stock of the situation, told reporters.
A parked bus of the state road transport corporation (SRTC) suffered extensive damage in the blast which caused panic among the people.
“Whenever there is heightened state of alert, we strengthen checking and frisking but there is always a possibility of someone slipping through and this one seems to be a case like that,” the IGP said.
“Obviously the intention is always to disturb the communal harmony and peace,” he said and requested the people to maintain calm.
The IGP said the police is collecting the evidence and “we are sure to hunt him down (the attacker).”
Police parties along with sniffer dogs and forensic experts rushed to the spot and launched a search operation to nab the attacker, officials said, adding the operation was still going on when last reports were received.
Earlier on December 28-29 last year, suspected terrorists carried out a grenade attack on the bus stand with the intention to target the local police station building, an attack which took place seven months after another grenade attack along the B C Road left two policemen and a civilian injured on May 24, 2018.
“The blast occurred on the roadside when there was huge rush of people. I had come to drop my wife who was going to board a bus to Punjab,” one of the injured, Kuldeep Singh of the Pragwal area of the city, said.