Powerful blast rocks Jammu bus stand, 18 injured rushed to hospital

Grenade attack in Jammu injures 18 in restive Kashmir region

Grenade attack in Jammu injures 18 in restive Kashmir region

The police on Thursday evening nabbed a person who is suspected to be behind the grenade attack at a bus stand in Jammu, in which one person was killed and at least 32 others were injured earlier in the day.

Policemen and onlookers stand at the site of a grenade blast in Jammu March 7, 2019.

Indian police inspect the site of a grenade blast at a bus station in Jammu in IoK.

Singh, who is undergoing treatment at Government Medical College hospital for splinter injuries in lower parts of his body, said he felt that somebody hurled something which caused the powerful explosion. "Based on the CCTV footage and oral testimonies, we identified a man who was wearing jeans and a jacket and had a red rucksack", said the IGP.

The injured included 11 residents of Kashmir, two from Bihar and one each from Chattisgarh and Haryana, the officials said.

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Taking cognizance of the grenade blast, Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre said that forces have been given a free hand to take necessary steps.

"All of them have been shifted to a hospital. I went to the spot of the explosion and saw about a dozen people were badly injured". He added that there were no specific alerts from intelligence agencies prior to the attack. IGP Jammu Manish Kumar Sinha said that the police are following leads.

"General inputs are always there and the deployments have been made".

"Obviously the intention is always to disturb the communal harmony and peace".

The main bus stand had also been hit by a similar blast in December 2018, but luckily, the grenade had exploded in the air and not cause much damage or any casualty as the incident occurred around midnight, officials had said.

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