Seven Injured In Twin Blasts In Jammu Amid Heightened Security Ahead Of Republic Day
Seven people were injured in two explosions within 15 minutes in Jammu on Saturday.
The first blast in the transport yard of Narwal occurred around 10.45 am, followed by another explosion.
Two blasts within 15 minutes
Jaswinder Singh, an eyewitness, said the first blast occurred in a vehicle sent to a workshop for repairs.
Fifteen minutes later, another explosion nearby littered the area with damaged parts and garbage, said Singh, chief of the Motor Spare Parts Association.
He added that five people were injured in the first blast and two more in the second.
Seven people have been admitted to a hospital with splinter injuries, and all are “stable”.
According to officials, following the twin blasts, the whole area was cordoned off and a search operation was underway.
Lieutenant Governor condemns the blasts
Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha strongly condemned the blasts and called for urgent steps to identify and take action against those responsible.
“Such dastardly acts highlight the desperation and cowardice of those responsible for the attacks. Take immediate and firm action. No efforts should be spared to bring the perpetrators to justice,” the Lt Governor told the security officials.
He offered heartfelt sympathies to those injured in the incident and also announced a relief of Rs 50,000 each to them, a spokesman of the LG said.
Sinha said the administration would ensure the best possible treatment for the injured and extend every help their families require.
Suspected terrorists triggered the blasts at a time when security agencies in the region are on high alert amid the ongoing Bharat Jodo Yatra of the Congress and the upcoming Republic Day celebrations.
Attack on Ex-MLA’s house
On Friday, an explosion was reported at the house of a former legislator in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district.
Former Surankote MLA and prominent Gujjar leader Choudhary Mohammad Akram said the incident occurred around 7.30 pm on Friday and his family had a narrow escape as splinters pierced the ceiling of several rooms of his house in Lassana village.
“I was not home at the time of the incident. Later, I came to know that there was a powerful explosion, followed by some shots that were fired. Police and Army officials visited my house immediately after the incident and they are ascertaining the details,” Akram told PTI in Jammu.
Security tightened in Poonch, Rajouri
On Friday, officials said security arrangements in the twin border districts of Rajouri and Poonch have been strengthened further given the Republic Day celebrations and the recent recovery of an Improvised Explosive Devise (IED) from Rajouri town.
The region was already under heightened security after the January 1 terror attack in Dhangri village, while massive cordon and search operations (CASOs) are going on across the Rajouri district to track terrorists.
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