A petrol bomb was thrown at PDP MLA Mohammad Yousuf Bhat’s residence at Memender area of south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Wednesday. However, no one was injured in the attack.
The petrol bomb was lobbed at the native house of Shopian assembly member Mohammad Yusuf Bhat in the afternoon. At the time of attack, neither Bhat nor any of his family member were in the house. Only security personnel guarding the house were present.
After the incident, security forces searched the area to track down the people behind the act. Fire tenderers were rushed to spot, said a police official. Meanwhile, a senior police officer said that this could be the handiwork of local youths. ” We have begun investigations,” he added.
A senior PDP leader, however, said that Bhat was in Srinagar when petrol bomb was hurled at his house.
Earlier in the day, a school bus carrying children was also pelted with stones in Shopian. Two school children were injured in rhe incident. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti condemned the attack and said the perpetrators will be punished. “Shocked & angered to hear of the attack on a school bus in Shopian. The perpetrators of this senseless & cowardly act will be brought to justice,” she tweeted.
The two incidents have taken place during a shutdown in Shopian against the killing of two militants, including a commander Sameer Tiger, and a civilian in an encounter at Drabgam in neighbouring Pulwama district.