High-intensity blast in J-K’s Kathua, live grenade recovered30th March 2023
HIRANAGAR/JAMMU: A suspected Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast rocked a hamlet near the India-Pakistan border in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district, creating a huge crater in the ground and triggering fear among the locals, officials said on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENTAds by
Security forces have been put on high alert in the border belts and along the Jammu-Pathankot highway following the blast that took place on Wednesday night.
Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Jammu Mukesh Singh told ANI that an explosion-like sound was heard near BPP Sanyal located along the International Border (IB) in Hiranagar in Kathua district in the late evening hours on Wednesday.
The explosion was heard within the limits of the Hiranagar police station near the international border in the Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir, the official said.
A live grenade was recovered following a search of the area on Thursday morning, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Kathua, Shivdeep Singh Jamwal told PTI. “Information was received about a powerful blast around 9.30 PM on Wednesday. We launched a search operation this morning… The bomb squad team has collected the samples and sent it for testing”, the SSP said.
The SSP, who led the search operation in the area and adjoining border areas this morning, said it was a high-intensity IED blast.”One live grenade was seized around 6.30 am today. It points out that someone lobbed the grenade after detecting the presence of security forces”, he said.
As the site of the blast is close to a police post, there is a possibility that the police post was the intended target. “It points out towards that. On Wednesday, our presence was more in this area, that is why they may have hurled a grenade and after that, they triggered IED blast”, Jamwal said.
Block Development Committee (BDC) chairman Ram Lal Kaliya, a resident of Saniyal village which is just 300 metres from the border post, said, “Around 9. 30 pm on Wednesday we heard an explosion. I informed the post in-charge.”
The blast site was located after one-and-half hours, he said, adding that a big crater was found in an agriculture field.