Jammu and Kashmir Police on Tuesday claimed to have arrested two accused who threw grenade at Amir Kadal in Srinagar City.
“It was found out that a hand grenade was thrown towards a security vehicle. It caused injuries to a total of 38 persons including 36 civilians and 2 police personnel namely Reyaz Ahmed SgCT and Jan Mohd, SPO,” Police said.
Police said that Special Investigating Team (SIT) was formed to probe the blast which used modern means of investigation and based on the technical evidences.
“Frame by frame analysis of the CCTV footages of scene of crime, footages of CCTVs in the whole of Srinagar city, Cell Tower dump analysis, IP dump analysis, recreation of crime scene and by examination of some eye witnesses were thoroughly probed,” Police said.
Police said that the SIT was able to identify two accused who came on a two wheeler without number-plate to commit this crime and fled on the same vehicle after committing the militant act.
“During the intense analysis of the CCTV trail in Srinagar city, the route adopted by both accused was located back to one neighbourhood in Khanyar area,” they said.
Police identified the accused as Mohd Bariq S/o Md Shafi Magrey R/o Koolipora, Khanyar was arrested from Khanyar, srinagar.
“His initial examination led to arrest to second accused namely Fazil Nabi Sofi S/o Ghulam Nabi Sofi R/o Koolipora, Khanyar,” police said.
Police said that the two wheeler used in this grenade attack was also seized by SIT.
Police said that it further came out that these two accused had committed the militant act on the directions of active militants in Kashmir valley.
“The plan was to attack the parked security vehicle but due to grenade throwing from a moving two-wheeler, the target was missed and grenade exploded in an adjacent crowded area where many road-side vendors and buyers were busy in routine works,” Police said.
Police said that it was also found that this particular area was chosen due to the omnipresent chaos and turbulent traffic in this stretch of area due to unorganised vendors and stalls on the road.
“There have been two other recent grenade attacks in this area on August 10, 2021 and on January 25, 2022,” Police said.
Police said that further investigation is underway.
“This act of grenade throwing created terror, panic and anguish among the masses in whole of Srinagar city,” J-K Police said.
Police has also requested all commercial establishments/shops to install CCTV cameras inside and outside of their shops/commercial establishments as per advisory issued by DC Srinagar.
“This will act as strong deterrence to all the anti-social elements, who think of committing such atrocious crimes,” police said.