For the first time Jammu Police has recovered a perfume improvised as an explosive device (IED), from a terrorist associated with Lashkar-e-Taiba, who was involved in the twin blasts that took place in Narwal on January 21. Jammu and Kashmir DGP Dilbag Singh said that the police arrested a terrorist identified as Arif who has been working under the influence of Qasim (Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist operating from Pakistan). Arif has also been involved in Shastri Nagar Blast and Katra Bus blast. According to the police, the terrorists intended to kill as many people as possible. While the first blast injured 9 people, the second IED could have caused bigger damage had the police not followed the SOPs. DGP Singh targeted Pakistan for propagating terrorism from its land and said that the country wanted to create a “communal divide” among people. He also said that the accused got the supply of three IEDs towards the end of December.
When briefed about the blast Lt Governor called for urgent steps to identify and take action against those responsible. Lt Governor also announced a relief of Rs 50,000 to those injured in the incident and help be extended to every family. Sheralli, an eyewitness of the blast, narrated the harrowing incident stating that a car blew up and a person was hit by its parts. Initially people thought that it was a gas blast in the car but it sounded bigger than that.