Srinagar : Nine people got injured in the twin blasts, that took place in Jammu’s Transport Nagar area- Narwal– on Saturday, officials said.
“Nine people have been injured and all of them are being monitored,” an official at the Government Medical College Hospital Jammu told.
Sher Ali, an eyewitness of the blast, while narrating incident said that he was 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. Another 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,” he said, adding that panic gripped the entire area and people ran helter-skelter for cover.
Senior officials of the Army and Security Impact Analysis (SIA) teams also reached the site of the incident. Earlier in the day, additional director general of police (ADGP) Jammu Zone Mukesh Singh said that twin blasts occurred in the Narwal area of Jammu.
This comes at a time when Rahul Gandhi is in the Union Territory for Bharat Jodo Yatra and barely five days ahead of the Republic Day celebrations.
Police sources said that the area has been cordoned and security has been enhanced. “Vehicles are also being checked as part of a search operation,” they said. They said that forensic team collected samples from Narwal in Jammu.
The Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha also strongly condemned the blasts 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 told the security officials.
LG Manoj Sinha also announced a relief of Rs 50,000 to those injured in the incident. The Lt Governor said that the administration would ensure the best possible treatment and extend every help required by the families.