Srinagar, Feb 13: At least 22 students were wounded in a mysterious blast at a school in Kakapora area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Wednesday.
Reports said that a blast took place inside a private school in Narbal area of Kakapora where the students were getting winter tuitions around 2 pm.
Medical Officer, PHC Kakapora Dr Wahid as per media reports said that fourteen students with splinter injuries were brought to the facility for treatment.
“Three among the injured were referred to Srinagar for specialised treatment,” he said, adding that the students had received injuries mostly in their limbs.
Three more injured were shifted to district hospital Pulwama for treatment.
Block Medical Officer Pampore Dr Muhammad Yousuf said that 11 injured were shifted to SDH Pampore. “We received 11 injured. Four among them were referred to Bone and Joints Hospital Barzulla and one was referred to SMHS hospital,” he said.
Later in the day, Governor Satya Pal Malik deeply regretted the unfortunate incident.
He prayed for speedy recovery of all the children and announced an ex-gratia amount of Rs. 50,000 for all those injured.
He has directed the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir to ensure best possible medical treatment to injured children.
Police Version: At about 2:30 pm on Wednesday, some explosion took place inside the class room of standard 10 of a private school (tuition centre) known as Falai-e-Millat at Narbal in district Pulwama. In this incident reportedly 12 students have sustained injuries. They were rushed to the hospital and stated to be stable.
Police officers have reached at the spot and are ascertaining the nature and circumstances of the blast. Case has been registered and investigation is in progress.
Mirwaiz condemns incident: Expressing grave concern over the serious injuries caused to 28 students in a school at Pulwama district in a mysterious explosion, Hurriyat (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq strongly condemned the incident and said that such incidents have taken place in the past as well in various places across Kashmir killing and seriously injuring children.
Mirwaiz said that due to the prevailing level of huge political instability in Kashmir, no citizen is and feels secure in the Valley elderly, youth, women or children. All this is the direct out-come of the lingering Kashmir dispute.
Mirwaiz prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured students and expressed solidarity and sympathy with their families.