A blast took place in a car at Kishtwar town of Jammu region on Tuesday morning, leaving one person injured. Sources said the injured, identified as Raj Kumar of Keshwan, a contractor, had parked his car (number JK 17-5097) at the Old Bus Stand late on Monday as he lives nearby. In the morning, when he opened the front door of his car, there was an explosion inside the vehicle blowing off its gear box, and smashing both the front seats, its window panes and windscreen.
According to the victim, he had noticed a wire attached to the door but did not think much of it. Senior Superintendent of Police, Kishtwar, Sandeep Wazir said they are investigating the cause of the explosion, adding the injured has been hospitalised and his condition was stated to be stable.
Significantly, the explosion has come in the wake of reports about Lashkar trying to revive militancy in Chenab Valley which comprises Kishtwar, Doda and Ramban districts. The last militancy-related violence in Kishtwar took place almost a decade ago, during 2006-2007.
Police had on Monday smashed a militant hideout at Nagseni in Kishtwar district and seized huge quantity of arms, ammunition and explosives, incuding an AK 56 rifle along with two magazines, 60 rounds, four UBGL (under barrel grenade launcher) grenades, four hand grenades, one wireless set and a radio set antenna, three RPG rounds, one binocular, cooking utensils and two blankets.
Last week, a Lashkar module was also busted in adjoining Doda district and seven people, including a Special Police Officer, a former jawan of the Territorial Army, were arrested. Those apprehended included Bashir Ahmed of Bangraw Gandoh who had earlier been working in 139 TA Battalion in Thathri area, his nephew Altaf Ahmed, a serving SPO in Doda, besides a surrendered Lashkar militant Abdul Rashid Harga alias Abdullah of Tanta, his younger brother Shoket Ali and Akthar Magray. Two more people arrested in this connection include Shafqat Hussain and Hafiz alias Shafqat.
These arrests followed investigations by a Special Investigation Team into the alleged attack on a police picket at Tanta by some unidentified people on the intervening night of May 7 – 8 last wherein, an SPO was killed and another injured. As the Chenab Valley region had been declared free of active militants since 2010-11, the use of AK 47 rifle in attack on the police picket surprised many in the police organization.