Suspect In J&K Bus Stand Grenade Blast Claims Hizbul Mujhahideen Paid Him Rs 50,000 To Lob Grenade.

A teenager under the nab of Jammu Police who allegedly lobbed a grenade at the Jammu Bus Stand, killing two men and injuring several is under 16 years of age and he told the police that he was paid Rs 50,000 by a Hizbul Mujahideen militant to finish the task.

This is very disappointing as it indicates a trend that now terror groups have started using underage boys for carrying out their malicious agendas in Jammu and Kashmir.

The boy, who will turn 16 on March 12, was apprehended while fleeing after throwing the grenade at the bus stand on Thursday.

The officials said his Aadhar card and other identity proofs, including school records show his date of birth as March 12, 2003. This information is important as the interrogators will now conduct an age test on the boy before initiating legal proceedings.

The investigators found out that self-styled district chief of Kulgam’s Hizbul Mujahideen outfit Fayaz had passed on a grenade to an over ground worker, Muzammil, for lobbing at a crowded place anywhere in Jammu.

Muzammil couldn’t do this job as he developed cold feet and refused to throw it. He was then instructed to pass on the grenade to the boy who was code named “chotu.”

This attack counts as the third grenade attack by the terrorists on Jammu bus stand since May last and it comes just three weeks after the Pulwama attack on February 14 killing 40 CRPF men, bringing India and Pakistan on verge of war.

This seems to be a new strategy where terrorist groups are using underage boys for doing their dirty work as they can escape the stringent punishment from law.

The boy is eldest among the three children and was studying in ninth class. His father is a painter by profession.

As per the law, he will be sent to a juvenile home and the state government might file a petition before an  appropriate court asking for his trial under stringent anti-terror law provisions.

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