Rajouri Blast: Another Minor Dies, Toll 2

M S Nazki

Jammu : The death toll in an explosion outside one of the three houses where unknown persons allegedly resorted to indiscriminate firing yesterday evening has risen to two as a 16-year-old injured girl succumbed to her injuries at GMC Rajouri on Monday.

Four people including a father-son duo were killed in Upper Dhangri area of Rajouri district in a firing incident by unknown gunmen last evening.

This morning a minor boy was killed and several people were injured, one of them critically, in an explosion outside the house of Rajender Kumar whose son Deepak Kumar was among the four people killed in yesterday’s firing incident. In all nine people were injured in the explosion and one of them, a 5-year-old boy, succumbed to the injuries before being admitted to the hospital, they said.

Samiksa (16) daughter of Koushal Kumar succumbed to injuries at GMC Rajouri this afternoon, a senior doctor told GNS. He said presently 13 injured people are admitted to hospital including four wounded in yesterday’s firing incident.

The explosion, the nature of which is being investigated and is suspected to be IED, took place around 0945 hours, they added.

“A blast occurred near the house of the victim of yesterday’s firing incident in Rajouri’s Upper Dangri village,” ADGP Mukesh Singh said, adding, “One child has succumbed to injuries. Five persons injured, one critical. Another suspected IED was spotted which is being cleared.” Later the girl was injured, taking the toll to 2.

Late last evening, four people were killed in the village and they have been identified as Pritam Sharma (56) and his 33-year-old son Ashish Kumar, Deepak Kumar (23), a PHE employee, and Sheetal Kumar (48).

Six persons were injured in the attack and among them two, Rohit Pandit (35) and Shubam Sharma (20) son of Pritam Sharma, were airlifted to the GMC Jammu. Four injured were admitted in the GMC Rajouri and include Pawan Kumar (38), Saroj Bala (35) wife of Sheetal Kumar, Sushil Kumar (40) son of Kundal Lal and Urishi Sharma (17) daughter of Sheetal Kumar.

Meanwhile people in Rajouri district continue with the protest since early morning and have kept bodies of four persons on the road. They refuse to carry out last rites and are reportedly waiting for Lieutenant Governor to meet their demands.

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