Migrant labourers targeted at Batmaloo
Four of those killed were children
Barbaric act, says Governor
SRINAGAR: Five people of the same family, four of them children, were killed and 18 injured when unknown persons hurled a grenade at the crowded Batmaloo bus stand here on Thursday afternoon.
Witnesses told The Hindu that the attack took place around 12.15 p.m. Three people were killed on the spot, while two died of injuries in hospital.
One report said the victims belonged to a family of migrant labourers boarding a bus for Jammu for onward journey to their native places. Another said they were waiting for a bus. The deceased were 12-year-old Khushboo and her three brothers Adil (4), Qayoom (5), and Ajoob (8), all children of Mohammad Afroze of Bihar. The mother Rubina was also killed. Sources said Afroze fainted at the hospital on learning that his entire family had been killed. The injured have been hospitalised.
Police and para military forces cordoned off the area immediately but could not identify the culprit. A case has been registered and investigations are on. The leader of a political outfit which recently threatened migrant labourers to leave Kashmir would be booked and interrogated, police said.
Governor N.N. Vohra termed it an inhuman and barbaric terrorist act.
Spokesman of the Hurriyat Conference (Geelani), Ayaz Akbar, said this was the worst form of terrorism and “we condemn it in unequivocal terms.”
Provincial president of another faction of the Hurriyat, Naeem Ahmad Khan, said it could be the handiwork of government agencies to “malign Kashmir’s struggle.”
A People’s Democratic Party spokesman said such incidents only added to the miseries of the common people.
4 of family shot dead
Luv Puri reports from Jammu:
In Doda district, Hizbul Mujahideen militants on Thursday shot dead four members of the family of a surrendered militant.
Doda SSP Raghubir Singh told The Hindu from the site of the incident that the militants barged into the house of Ghulam Hassan Wani, the surrendered militant, in Bari Marmat village, and sprayed bullets on the inmates killing three persons on the spot and injuring two others.
The deceased have been identified as Ghulam Hassan Wani (50), his wife, Azeema Begum (45), daughter Ashiva Bano 13 and nephew Tauseef. Tauseef died in hospital. Another son, Hassan Mohammad Yasir, is battling for life.
Wani surrendered in 2002 and was acting as an informer to the security forces. It was his information that led to the killing of HM militant Saifullah and injury to another, who escaped and is suspected to have carried out the revenge attack.
The militant pasted a poster outside the deceased’s house asking the locals not to bury the bodies of the dead and warned of dire consequences if anybody did. Under police cover, the bodies were later buried by the locals.