A 12-year-old student was killed and his mother injured when the boy started fiddling with a live grenade in North Kashmir’s Ladoora village on Friday morning.
Police said that the boy had picked a live grenade from Gania Mollah locality where an encounter had taken place between security forces and militants on Wednesday. A local militant of Lashkar-e-Islam and an army man was killed in the encounter.
Locals said that they heard a big blast at a house in the village in the morning, and when they reached near the house a young boy, identified as Tanvir Dar, and his mother were lying injured inside the house. Both the son and his mother were taken to the hospital where boy succumbed to the injuries. While, the mother is being treated for splinter injuries, doctors have stated her position stable.
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A senior doctor at District Hospital, Baramulla said that the boy had received fatal injuries and died even before treatment could be started on him in the hospital. “We couldn’t save him as he had grievous splinter injuries,’’ he said.
Deputy Inspector General of Police, North Kashmir, Gareeb Das told The Indian Express that explosion took place in the village where an encounter had taken place few days ago. “One boy was injured in the explosion. He was shifted to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. We are verifying the nature of the blast and how it exploded.” Das, however, said that after every encounter police and the army sanitizes the site of encounters for explosives.
On Wednesday, a militant was killed after a six hour long encounter took place at the village. Four houses were also damaged in the encounter. After security forces left the area, police said that boy had picked up the explosive material from the encounter site and took that to his house.