Srinagar: At least one person has died and 30 others have been injured in a grenade blast that took place at the busy Jammu bus stand on Thursday.
Mohammad Sharik, 17, a resident of Hardiwar in Uttarakhand, who was among the people brought to the hospital, succumbed to splinter injuries in the chest, the officials said.
Jammu and Kashmir DGP Dalbir Singh said the person who threw the grenade has been arrested.
IGP Jammu, Manish K Sinha said the accused has been identified as Yasir Bhatt who was tasked to throw this grenade by District Commander of Hizbul Mujahideen in Kulgam, Farooq Ahmed Bhatt alias Omar.
The condition of four more injured persons was “critical” and two of them were operated upon by the doctors to save their lives, they said.
The injured included 11 residents of Kashmir, two from Bihar and one each from Chattisgarh and Haryana, the officials said. Of the total injured, 19 have been admitted to the Government Medical College (GMC), Jammu. Police have cordoned off the area.
This is the third blast around the Jammu bus stand in the past 10 months. 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.