SRINAGAR: Three brothers in the age group of 7-15 were killed in a blast on Srinagar-Jammu national highway in Udhampur district in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday.
A police officer said a blast took place in a nallah near Birma bridge on Srinagar-Jammu national highway in Udhampur district this afternoon.
He said three brothers in the age group of 7-15 were killed in the blast.
The deceased were identified as Meheshu, 7, Deepu, 10, and Vikar, 15, sons of Bola Ram of Ramban district presently living in the Udhampur.
The police officer said the trio was present in the area near nallah, where the blast took place.
“We are investigating the nature of the blast,” he said adding the blast was very powerful and body parts of the children were scattered over a large area.
He said it took them some time to identify the parents of the deceased boys.
The officer said Bhola Ram, a labourer by profession, along with his wife and eight children had come to the area only few months ago to earn livelihood.
Police sources suspected that the explosion might have taken place in a scrap, which may have been collected by three boys.
They said police have registered a case and taken further investigations.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, expressed profound shock over the death of three brothers in the explosion.
He conveyed his sympathies to the bereaved family members and prayed for peace to the departed souls.
Mufti instructed Deputy Commissioner, Udhampur, to inquire into the incident and extend all possible assistance to the bereaved family.