In yet another incident of terror, terrorists on Monday afternoon lobbed a grenade in a vegetable market near Hari Singh High Street in heart of Srinagar City injuring at least 20 people.
This terror attack happened at around 1.20 in the afternoon in high security zone of Srinagar city and comes despite tight security grid put in place by Jammu and Kashmir Police along with other security agencies since the centre revoked Article 370 and 35A on August 5.
Terrorists have been targeting civilians in Kashmir after the Government's decision of restoring mobile calling services in Kashmir in view of normalcy returning to the valley, which was barred since Abrogation of Article 370 on August 5, 2019. Series of grenade attacks have taken place in Kashmir valley and frustrated terrorists have targeted many non-local apple traders in South Kashmir.
On 28th October, Nineteen people were injured in Sopore after a grenade was lobbed by terrorists in a busy market area. The attack took place near J&K Bank New Colony Bank, a day before scheduled visit of 27 member European delegation to Kashmir. On October 5, 14 people were injured in a grenade attack targeted at Deputy Commissioner's Office in South Kashmir's Anantnag district.
In a similar act of terrorism, 7 locals were injured in grenade attack in busy market place at Hari Singh High Street on October 12, 2019. In the past One month, 11 non-locals have now been killed in Kashmir, 5 of them associated with Apple business, while 6 others were labourers. Five from West Bengal's Murshidabad were gunned down by terrorists in South Kashmir's Kulgam district. While four non-locals were gunned down in Shopian and one each in Anantnag and Pulwama. The killing of non-locals associated with apple traders by terrorists was a bid to cripple the economy of Kashmir as apple trade is considered as backbone of Kashmir's economy. Earlier many incidents of terrorists setting apple orchids on fire were reported from parts of South Kashmir.