Five injured after grenade hurled in market near Srinagar’s Lal Chowk


Police in Jammu and Kashmir say that at least five people were injured after militants hurled a grenade in a market near Srinagar’s iconic Lal Chowk.

Lal Chowk
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Police said that the condition of those injured were stable and the area had been cordoned off. Cops have launched a massive combing operation to find those responsible for the grenade attack.

The Jammu and Kashmir Police took to Twitter to write, “#Terrorists lobbed a #grenade at #HSH #Street #Srinagar. 05 #civilians injured. All are stated to be #stable. Area under #cordon. #Search in the #area is in progress. @JmuKmrPolice”

The shops in the Hari Singh High Street Market were shut due to the current lockdown in the region. However, a few vendors had set up their stalls near the market.

The latest development comes just when the administration has decided to ease the restrictions in the region. Jammu and Kashmir’s Principal Secretary Rohit Kansal on Saturday said that mobile phone connections will be restored from 14 October. However, the ban on internet will continue to remain in full force.

The government last week had lifted the embargo on tourists in Kashmir.

The Centre had imposed restrictions in the valley coinciding with its announcement to abrogate Article 370 giving special status to Jammu and Kashmir on 5 August. Since then, the residents of the valley have had no access to the outer world. The restrictions on the eight million people have prompted lawmakers in the US and the UK to express concern.