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Juvenile Board turns down medical report certifying grenade slinger’s age as ‘major’
insists to furnish school records to ascertain it

Jammu, March 14, (Scoop News)-Turning down the medical report submitted by a team of doctors who certified the age of the teenager involved in a grenade attack at Jammu’s Interstate Bus Terminal (ISBT) last week was a major, the Juvenile Justice Board has instead insisted on furnishing school records of the accused which it believes to be a minor.

Informed sources said that the bone density and other tests conducted on the accused indicated that his age was around 19 years and the police had sought 10 days of custody which was declined by the board.

The boy is the eldest child among three children and was studying in class 9that British Convent School- Yaripora in Kulgam district. His father Javed Ahmed Bhat resident of Khanpora is a painter by profession.

While medical team certified him to be a major but the documents seized from his possession indicated his age to be between 14 an 16 years.

Young children called ‘soyeth’ are being engaged by the militants for informing them about the deployment of troops and at times they are asked to hurl a grenade towards a patrol party in their areas.

The Juvenile Justice Board directed the police to furnish all pertinent documents from the school after which necessary decision would be taken, the sources said.

The accused was apprehended near Nagrota, on the outskirts of Jammu, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, immediately after he reportedly lobbed a grenade at Jammu ISBT that claimed two lives besides wounding 30 others on March 7.

During preliminary questioning, the accused told his interrogators that he was lured to militancy by Farooq Ahmed Bhat alias Umar a district commander of pro Pakistan Hizbul Mujhadeen (HM) and also received rupees fifty thousand in advance from the outfit for carrying out the task.

The sources said the district commander of HM, Fayaz had passed on a grenade to one Muzamil reported to be an over ground activist of the outfit for hurling it at a crowded place in Jammu but he declined to do so and he (Muzamil) was asked then to hand over the weapon to Chotu, an operative of HM.

Muzamil who is also in police custody at present had identified the boy and to whom he had handed over the grenade. ...
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