A shutdown was observed in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri town on Friday to protest the attack on a BJP leader’s house last night that left a three-year-old boy dead and six other people injured. Scores of people, some of them BJP workers, also took out a protest rally denouncing the attack. They raised anti-Pakistan slogans.
Seven members of BJP leader Jasbir Singh’s family were injured after suspected terrorists lobbed a grenade at his house in Rajouri district’s Khandli area on Thursday night. The grenade exploded on the rooftop, police said. The three-year-old boy, Veer, who was among the injured, died during treatment at the government medical college hospital in Rajouri around midnight, sources said.
All shops were shut and there was no traffic on roads on Friday in Rajouri town. Agitators blocked a highway on a call by the Sanatan Dharam Sabha, but police managed to prevent them from going too far ahead.
Protesters blamed chinks in the security apparatus for the attack. They said terrorists are roaming freely and attacking BJP leaders with grenades. Condemning the attack, the BJP and the Congress called for beefing up of the security network across Rajouri, a border district, in view of reports of infiltration attempts along the Line of Control (LoC).
Speaking to reporters in Rajouri, Jammu and Kashmir BJP president Ravinder Raina blamed Pakistan for the attack. “Pakistan and its terrorist forces attack soft targets and unarmed people and kill them. They are cowards,” he said.