Three young brothers were killed in an explosion near Jammu-Srinagar national highway in Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday.
“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.
The three brothers were killed and have been identified as Vikar (15), Deepu (10) and Meheshu (7), sons of Bola Ram of Ramban district presently living in Barmi area, he said.
Investigations are on into the nature the blast and reasons for the children being at the accident site, he said.
Initial police reports also pointed towards children carrying scrap when explosion took place at Birma bridge. There was a shell in the scrap which exploded resulting in the death of three children, he said.
Their parents work as labourers.
The bodies have been shifted to hospital and would be handed over to their family members for last rites after legal and medical formalities.
A case in this regard has been registered, they said.