New Delhi: The death toll in grenade attack at Jammu bus stand rose to two after a 32-year-old Kashmiri man succumbed to his injuries on Friday morning. The deceased identified as Mohammad Riyaz, died while undergoing treatment at the Government Medical College (GMC) hospital. He was a resident of Anantnag district’s Mattan village.
Besides, a teenager named Mohammad Sharik, from Uttarakhand was killed and 32 others were injured when a powerful explosion rocked the crowded general bus stand on Thursday noon. Within hours of the incident, police arrested the accused and said he was tasked by terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen to carry out the attack.
“Yasir Javed Bhat, a resident of Khanpora-Dassein village in Kulgam, was tasked by HM district commander, Kulgam, Farooq Ahmad Bhat alias “Umar” to carry out the attack,” Inspector General of Police, Jammu, M K Sinha told news agency PTI.
Furthermore, he informed that Bhat was fleeing after the attack whenthe alert policemen at Nagrota in the outskirts of the city nabbed him. He (Bhat) had reached Jammu along with the grenade on Thursday morning after he left Kulgam on Wednesday.
Condemning the incident, Governor Satya Pal Malik announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the next of the kin of the deceased and Rs 20,000 each to those injured. Home Minister Rajnath Singh expressed grief over the incident. Taking to Twitter, he posted, “Deeply anguished at the loss of precious life in a grenade attack at the Jammu Bus Stand today. I pray for the speedy of the injured. I also spoke to the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir , Shri Satyapal Malik over the phone and discussed the situation in the wake of this incident.”
The grenade attack by terrorists on Jammu bus stand comes just three weeks after the Pulwama terror strike that left 40 CRPF personnel martyred.