Six people were injured in twin blasts in Jammu’s Narwal on January 20. Meanwhile, the area has been cordoned off and security has been enhanced. Vehicles are also being checked as part of a search operation.
“Twin blasts occurred in Narwal area of Jammu, 6 people injured,” said ADGP Jammu Zone Mukesh Singh.
“We have the information of two blasts and we are investigating the matter. Any further revelations would be shared,” said Shakti Pathak, DIG Jammu on the site.
The Forensics has team collected samples from Narwal in Jammu as a part of their investigation.
It is suspected that high-intensity IEDs were used for the blasts, and the modus operandi seems to be that of the terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba.
The first blast took place in a Mahindra Bolero sent to a workshop for repairs.
According to Singh, chief of the Motor Spare Parts Association, the second explosion occurred fifteen minutes after the first one. It left the entire area covered in debris. He stated that the first detonation hurt five persons, while the second injured two more.
The injured persons have been identified as Suhail Iqbal (35), Sushil Kumar (26), Vishav Pratap (25), Vinod Kumar (52), Arun Kumar, Amit Kumar (40) and Rajesh Kumar (35).
Sheralli, an eyewitness of the blast, while narrating the harrowing incident said, “We were sitting inside a shop at that time of the blast. The car blew up and parts of it fell near the shop. A person was hit by one of those parts. The other blast took place half an hour later at some distance. Initially, people thought that it was a gas blast in the car but it sounded bigger than that. It was an SUV car and the mechanics were repairing it. People are in panic now.”
#WATCH | J&K: Twin explosions occurred in the Narwal area of Jammu today, injuring at least 6 people.
Visuals of the moment when one of the explosions occurred. pic.twitter.com/9avgnAd6w6
— ANI (@ANI) January 21, 2023
“A man Ashraf Ali owns the car repairing shop and his sons were repairing a Bolero car which blasted,” added Sheralli.
The Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha has strongly condemned the blasts that have taken place in the Narwal area this morning, read a press note. Senior police officials briefed the Lt Governor about the blast and on the state of the investigation. He called for urgent steps to identify and take action against those responsible.
“Such dastardly acts highlight the desperation and cowardice of those responsible. Take immediate and firm action. No efforts should be spared to bring the perpetrators to justice,” the Lt Governor directed the security officials.
The Lt Governor Sinha also announced a relief of Rs 50,000 to those injured in the incident. He also said that the administration would ensure the best possible treatment and extend every help required by the families.
“CRPF, Army, J&K Police are all here and sanitising the area. It is too early to give you any information. Let us first do the investigation, and then we will get back to you,” said Kamal Sisodiya, CRPF Commandant.