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Those behind Srinagar grenade attack identified, claims police; army says hybrid-militants carried strike

Militants are using youngsters to carry out grenade attacks in populated places in Kashmir as their networks are not being able to execute big strikes on the armed forces, a top Indian Army officer said on Tuesday.

The remark of General officer Commanding of the Srinagar-based 15 Corps, Lieutenant General D P Pandey, came in the backdrop of the grenade attack on Sunday at the Hari Singh High Street market here that killed two and injured 34 others.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of an International Women’s Day function, he said:
“Having realized that they are not able to do a major difference to security parameters, the people who are propagating and the nexus that is trying to push militants in Kashmir, are using so-called hybrid militants, young men, to lob grenades, especially in populated areas”.

On the ceasefire agreement between India and Pakistan completing a year and the situation at the Line of Control (LoC), Lt Gen Pandey said the situation at the LoC is “absolutely good”.
“It is absolutely fine. The people are enjoying their daily routine. I think it is a great, great thing which has happened, especially for the people of border areas like Uri, Keran, Tangdhar, who were suffering due to ceasefire violations,” he said.

The commander said the enemy used to deliberately target buildings, houses, schools, and farms of people on this side.
“This one year has been a good time for them (people residing in border areas), wherein children have been able to go to school, people have been able to go to their respective businesses, their farms, and there is progress, which has come to border areas. I think life is much, much better for the people there (now),” he said.

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh said those for a recent grenade attack in Srinagar have been identified and the case will be solved soon.

Two people, including a 19-year-old woman, were killed and 32 others injured when terrorists exploded a grenade in the crowded Hari Singh High Street, near Amirakadal, in the heart of Srinagar on Sunday.

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