Srinagar: Mohammed Afroz's world has come crashing down. His wife and four stepchildren died in a grenade attack at the Batmaloo bus stand in Srinagar on Thursday.
A motor mechanic, Afroz had come to Kashmir from Bihar in search of a job. He and his family were about to board a Jammu-bound bus, when suspected terrorists struck. While his family was decimated, Afroz survived with shrapnel injuries.
“My four children and wife died in the attack. I was slightly away from them when the explosion took place. I don't know how it all happened. I have no one now. I had a lot of dreams for my children. I wanted them to study and take up jobs,” Afroz lamented.
Twenty-one others were also wounded in the blast. Victims’ belongings lay scattered on the road as police cordoned off the area. This incident was the latest in a series of attacks taking place in the Valley, but the state police is baffled as it has been claiming that insurgency has come down.
Srinagar SSP A Mujtaba said, “This has been happening during this season and we were able to prevent many of these incidents earlier but this time they were able to lob a grenade on people. We have worked out earlier cases and we will crack this one too.”
Terrorism has picked up again from the month of May when the snow along infiltration routes melted. Last week alone, 17 people were killed and 50 injured in various attacks.
But authorities said that resources are in place to deal with the situation.
“There is a problem but we have the experiences to deal with it. We are continuously reviving this and will come up with an appropriate response,” J-K Chief Secretary SS Kapur said.