SRINAGAR: A civilian and a policeman were injured on Wednesday evening when terrorists threw a hand grenade near Aali Masjid in Eidgah area of old Srinagar, the third terror attack in four days in the city.
The police said the terrorists had meant to target the CRPF post in the area but the grenade fell on the road.
The injured were civilian Aijaz Ahmad Bhat of Srinagar’s Hawal locality and policeman Sajad Ahmad Bhat of Narwara Eidgah, the police said. The cop was in civvies and, therefore, probably not the target, the police said.
Terrorists had killed a cop in Batamallo on Sunday, and a civilian, a salesman for a Kashmiri Pandit shopkeeper at Bohri Kadal in Srinagar town, on Monday.
While a top J&K police officer refused to say that Monday’s killing of salesman Mohammed Ibrahim Khan (45) was communal in nature, the owner of the shop, Sandeep Mawa claimed that the attack was meant to send a message to Muslims to refrain from working at businesses owned by Kashmiri Pandits.
The senior J&K police officer said Mawa’s version was baseless and that sleeper cells of hybrid terrorists have returned to selective killings since October 2021 after top terrorist commanders were killed in combat operations this year.
Sandeep Mawa, a doctor by training who runs the Srinagar-based business of his father, Roshan Lal Mawa, who lives in New Delhi, owns a house in Karan Nagar, Srinagar.
Sandeep Mawa said he occasionally visited his grocery shop at Bohri Kadal in central Srinagar and had presented a car to Ibrahim Khan, his salesman, for his selfless service to the Mawa family for the last 13 years.
The senior police officer said Mawa had been provided adequate security cover, with two PSOs always accompanying him, and tat he had been alerted after the recent targeted killings in the valley.
Mawa has said this incident will not scare him into leaving the Kashmir valley. “I will stay back in Kashmir under all circumstances. I lost my uncle, M L Bindroo, a pharmacy owner, to terrorists’ bullets on October 5 this year, but these incidents will not scare me into migrating out of here,” Mawa said. He added that the had left Kashmir in the early 1990s but had returned in 1998 and would not leave again
Mawa claimed the killing at his shop was a case of mistaken identity as the assailants thought it was he who had got into the car when it was actually Ibrahim. “Interestingly, the assailants had switched off all the streetlights in the area before attacking the man in the car,” Mawa alleged.
A senior officer said the police was ready to review Mawa’s security cover and provide more men to guard him if it felt it was needed.
Mawa said he was “really concerned” about Ibrahim Khan’s family. “We are planning to help the family, his wife and two children, so that they have a comfortable life ahead,” Mama said.




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