Updated: December 23, 2015 7:24:24 pm
THREE brothers in the age group of 7-15 years were killed in an explosion at village Dhanore near Birma Pul on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway in Udhampur district on Wednesday afternoon.
Pointing out that the deceased were rag pickers, police said that the blast appeared to have been caused by an abandoned shell picked up by them in a ground used for dumping garbage by locals across a nullah flowing along the national highway near Birma Pul. The deceased have been identified as Vikas, 15, Deepu, 10, and Meshu, 7, all sons of Bhola Ram of Ramban.
“A blast took place in a nallah area near Birma bridge in Udhampur. Three children had gone there when blast occurred today,” SSP Udhampur Mohd Suleman Choudhary said.
Bhola Ram, a labour, along with his wife and eight children including four girls had come to Dhanore only few months ago. Earning his livelihood by working as a labourer, he had been living there in a rented accommodation.
DIG for Udhampur-Reasi range, Surinder Gupta, said that the blast was so powerful that it instantly killed all the three children, with their body parts scattered over a large area. Their parents could be traced by police after it started looking for missing children in the village, he added.
Police have registered a case and started investigations.
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