Forensic experts at the grenade blast site in Jammu. Inderjeet Singh
Governor Satya Pal Malik convened a high-level meeting at Raj Bhawan on Thursday and reviewed the law and order situation in the state in the aftermath of a grenade attack at the Jammu bus stand.The Governor lauded Tejinder Singh, SSP, Jammu, Amrit Pal Singh, SP (North) and their colleagues for swift action in apprehending the culprit.
The Governor described it as a dastardly attack on innocent civilians. He said it was a reaction of anti-national elements in the state which were fast losing their grip.The Governor said facing imminent defeat, anti-national elements were targeting civilians. He described the act of throwing a grenade on unsuspecting bus passengers as a cowardly attack by someone who could not challenge the security forces.
He expressed concern that innocent youth were being led to believe that sacrificing their lives will lead them to heaven, which they were gullibly believing. He said parties which were coming out in support of banned organisations were siding with separatists. This only helped militancy become stronger. He said any party or person supporting separatists was anti-national and was playing into the hands of terrorists and Pakistan.
He said the war against terrorism as not going to be stopped at any cost and this was a battle that the state would win.
He appealed to people in the state to maintain peace, harmony and brotherhood.
Earlier, condemning attack, Malik expressed shock and anguish over the “cowardly attack”. He conveyed his condolences to the bereaved family and also wished speedy recovery to the injured.
- Governor Satya Pal Malik on Thursday announced an ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the next of the kin of the deceased in the grenade blast and Rs 20,000 each to the injured
- The Governor has directed the administration to provide best medical assistance to the injured