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Jammu grenade attacker paid by Hizbul: officials

Jammu grenade attacker paid by Hizbul: officials
Teen who threw grenade in Jammu turned out to be juvenile. (File)
Jammu/Kanpur, Mar 8 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 3/8/2019 12:37:20 PM IST

A teenager who allegedly lobbed a grenade at the Jammu bus stand, killing two men, is under 16 years of age and he told interrogators that “he was paid Rs 50,000 by a Hizbul Mujahideen militant for it”, officials said on Friday.

This signals that terror groups have again started using underage boys for creating terror among the people in Jammu and Kashmir.

The boy, who will turn 16 on March 12, was apprehended while fleeing after hurling the grenade at the bus stand that left two people dead and 31 others injured Thursday.

During interrogation, the juvenile told the police that he had been paid Rs 50,000 by a Hizbul Mujahideen militant for throwing the grenade, the officials said.

The officials said his Aadhaar card and other identity proofs, including school records, show his date of birth as March 12, 2003.

The interrogators will now conduct an age test on the boy before initiating legal proceedings against him, they said.

According to the investigators, self-styled district chief of Kulgam’s Hizbul Mujahideen outfit Fayaz had passed on a grenade to an overground worker, Muzammil, for lobbing at a crowded place anywhere in Jammu.

Muzammil had developed cold feet and refused to throw it. He was then instructed to pass on the grenade to the boy who was codenamed “chotu”.

The picture of juvenile was shown to Muzammil, who is at present in police custody, and he identified him as the person who had received the grenade, the officials said.

Terrorists panicked after Balakot strike: Modi 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said there is panic among the terror groups on the account of decisive action taken by India across the border. “The terrorists are in panic. It is for this reason that another terror attack happened in Jammu,” said PM Modi.

“The kind of action our government is taking, there will be more panic among them,” PM Modi said at a public rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur adding, “We have to be careful in fulfilling our responsibilities towards the nation.”

The prime minister asserted that it was important to maintain harmony. He warned those targeting Kashmiri people in different parts after Pulwama terror attack asking the state governments to act tough in such cases. Forty CRPF jawans were killed in Pulwama terror attack last month.

His comments come two days after two Kashmiri vendors were beaten up by members of a little known right wing outfit, Vishwa Hindu Dal in Lucknow. Following the attack on the Kashmiris, Uttar Pradesh police arrested four people in this connection after video of the incident went viral on social media.

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