Tension has mounted across Central Kashmir after two mysterious explosions rocked near the venue of National Conference president Farooq Abdullah's rallies in Srinagar and Magam areas on Sunday.
Police said three people were injured in the Magam explosion but reports reaching here said around 14 people suffered wounds. No damage was caused in the blast that occurred at Khanyar in the sensitive old city of Srinagar district.
The first blast occurred at Khanyar when Farooq Abdullah, who is seeking reelection from Srinagar parliamentary constituency, was about to address the rally in the sensitive area.
Eyewitnesses said a deafening sound of an explosion created a panic situation at the rally. Some people even tried to scale the fencing fearing some attack. However, situation was brought under control and Abdullah addressed the rally without any disturbance later.
"This forenoon sound of an explosion was heard in Khanyar, Srinagar. There were no reports of any injury to anyone. Police have started investigation into the matter as to what caused the sound of the explosion. A political rally held in the area concluded normally," a police spokesman said. However, J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah took to Twitter to allay fears about the Khanyar blast. "There was no blast at the venue of Abdullah's election rally in Srinagar. There was a sound that was heard in the distance. The election rally continues without disturbance & the police are working to ascertain the source of the noise that was heard," he tweeted.
Even before the dust could settle down at Khanyar, there was another explosion near the venue of NC rally at Magam in the central Kashmir district of Budgam. "This forenoon an explosion was reported from Sumo stand in Magam. The explosion occurred under a Tavera vehicle parked in the stand. It caused a very small impact on the road and damage to its left front wheel. As a result of some splinters from the vehicle minor injuries were caused to three persons," the police spokesman added.
Police said they have taken cognizance of the matter and started investigation into the nature of the explosion. Later security forces sanitized the whole area again to keep anti national elements at bay. Abdullah later arrived to the venue and addressed the rally without any disturbances. He told the media persons at Magam that both explosions were grenade blasts.
Khanyar and Magam are part of the prestigious Srinagar parliamentary constituency which is going to polls on April 30.