Rajouri grenade blast case: Police files charge sheet against 2

The blast killed a 3-year-old child and injured six others   (Photo Courtesy Twitter @arjunsinghc826)

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By: Raja Muneeb | SRINAGAR
Updated: 17 January, 2023 2:43 am IST
The blast killed a 3-year-old child and injured six others   (Photo Courtesy Twitter @arjunsinghc826)

Jammu and Kashmir police have filed a charge sheet against two persons, said to be associates of terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba, in connection with a grenade-throwing case at the house of a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) functionary at Khandli chowk in Rajouri.

On August 13, 2021, terrorists hurled a grenade at the house of Romesh Singh, resulting in the killing of a three-year-old child named Veer Singh and injuring six of his family members, including a woman.

The charge sheet against the arrested accused, Altaf Hussain Shah of Draj village (Rajouri), and his Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK)-based associate, Mohd Qasim alias Suleiman, was filed before the court of the third additional sessions judge, Jammu.

Shah was reported to be an active member of the BJP who was designated as the IT and social media cell in charge of the minority morcha in Jammu province.

Qasim, originally a resident of the Angela village of Mahore in Reasi district, is absconding and his name cropped up during the investigation of the case, exposing the terror network in Jammu and Kashmir and POK.

According to Rajouri police, the accused were charged under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, the Explosive Act, and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

Altaf Hussain Shah and his Kashmiri associate, Faisal Ahmad Dar of Pulwama, were overpowered by the villagers of remote Tukson Dhok in Reasi district in July last year and later handed over to police. Two AK assault rifles, a pistol, seven grenades and a large quantity of ammunition were recovered from them.

On December 30, 2022, the Jammu and Kashmir State Investigation Agency filed a chargesheet against Shah, Qasim and two other LeT operatives in another case related to the smuggling of arms and explosives by drones and the recruitment of youth in the proscribed terror outfit to revive the terror ecosystem in different districts of the Jammu region.

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