Terrorists Blow Up Revenue Office Near LoC In Poonch

25 June 2014
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria & Darshan Bharti

Jammu: Hours after Director General of Police K Rajendra reviewed security scenario in the border districts of the state, the office of the Balakote Naib Tehsildar near the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch was blown up in a powerful IED blast on Wednesday. There was no loss of life or injury to anyone as the blast was triggered at 1.20 am and there was no staff of the revenue department present inside the building. 'An IED blast damaged the revenue office building located at Dhargloon on the Mendhar-Jammu road,' said DIG Rajouri-Poonch Range, AK Atri. An SP-rank officer is camping in the area and carrying out investigations,' he said. When asked about the possibilities of involvement of Pakistani ultras in the attack, he said: 'The probe is at an initial stage. So we can't say who did it - insiders or outsiders - but we are working on all theories,' said Atri. The police have been collecting evidences but so far there have been no arrests, he said. A police source said the explosion appeared to have been triggered by a timer. The office building has sustained extensive damage. 'It is yet to be ascertained whether the terrorists had come from across the LoC to plant the explosive or they were already inside the Indian territory,' said sources. Locals said that they were woken up by the explosion but did not come out of their houses out of fear. The office complex is located close to Primary Health Centre, Dhargloon. Sources said involvement of some local elements cannot be ruled out. DIG Rajouri-Poonch Range, AK Atri said an IED blast damaged the revenue office building located at Dhargloon on the Mendhar-Jammu road. There was no loss of life or injury to anyone as the blast was triggered at 1.20 am and there was no staff of the revenue department present inside the building. A police source said the explosion appeared to have been triggered by a timer.