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JK Juvenile Board rejects medical reports suggesting attacker was an adult

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Jammu: Juvenile Board of Jammu and Kashmir has rejected medical reports suggesting that the teenager allegedly involved in a grenade attack in Jammu last week was in fact an “adult”, officials said on Wednesday.

The board has sought for all school records of the accused which it suspects to be a minor.

The officials said that the reports of the bone and teeth test conducted on the accused showed that his age was around 19 years and it had sought 10 days of remand which was rejected by the board.

The Juvenile Board asked the police to submit all relevant documents from the school after which a decision would be taken, they said.

The ‘juvenile’ was nabbed immediately after he allegedly threw the grenade at the Jammu bus stand that left two people dead and 29 injured on March 7.

During his initial interrogation, the ‘juvenile’ had said that he was paid Rs 50,000 by a Hizbul Mujahideen militant for it.

While the medical tests claims his age to be 19 years and more, one set of documents recovered from him show that he turned 16 on Tuesday and another show that he turned 14.

According to the investigators, district chief of Kulgam’s Hizbul Mujahideen outfit Fayaz had passed on a grenade to an overground worker, Muzammil, for lobbing at a crowded place anywhere in Jammu.

Muzammil had developed cold feet and refused to throw it. He was then instructed to pass on the grenade to the boy who was codenamed “chotu”.

The picture of the ‘juvenile’ was shown to Muzammil, who is at present in police custody, and he identified him as the person who had received the grenade, the officials said.

The ‘teenager’ is the eldest among three children. Son of a painter, he was studying in class 9.

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