Srinagar: Fourteen soldiers were injured on Saturday in an explosion inside an army training camp in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, authorities said.
A defence source told a media outlet: “Fourteen soldiers were injured inside the Corps Battle School (CBS) in Khrew area today (Saturday) in an explosion.”
“The explosion occurred due to mishandling of an explosive device and there are no reports of any sabotage in this incident. Three troopers have sustained critical injuries while the rest are being treated mostly for minor injuries,” the source added.
CBS Khrew is situated inside the camp of 50th battalion of counter insurgency Rashtriya Rifles.
Dozens of Kashmiri Pandits on Friday paid homage to civilians, Army men and their community members killed since 1989 and said the plight of Pandits still continues.
For 28 years, the Kashmiri Pandit community has been observing September 14 as ‘Martyrs’ Day-Balidan Diwas’ at B.K. Ganjoo memorial park in Central Delhi.
United Kingdom-based activist Shafalica Bhan Kotwal who has been fighting for the rights of the Kashmiri Pandits, said: “There is no major change in the lives of Kashmir Pandits, their plight still continues despite Bharatiya Janata Party being in power.
“Most of them were thrown out of their homes. They are living in pathetic conditions in shelter homes with no basic facilities.”
She said the community was once accustomed to living in minus 17 degrees Celsius. “Their families are now living in the hostile Jammu weather,” she added.
The son of Kasmiri Pandits’ leader Tika Lal Taploo, Ashutosh Taploo, was at the meeting. He said: “My father was killed not just because he was a Pandit..because he was looked as the Hindu community leader.”
Taploo said his father was the first Pandit to have fallen to terrorist bullets in the Valley.
“Till today no government has brought any major change in Pandits’ lives, the atrocities we experienced and psychological trauma we suffered is fresh” he said.
In a statement calling for justice to “victims of terrorism,” the Global Kashmiri Pandit Diaspora said a memorandum signed by thousands of Kashmiri Pandits has been addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and submitted to Union Minister Hansraj Ahir. (IANS)