Two separate blasts have been reported in the Udhampur district of Jammu.
Two persons were injured when a mysterious blast took place in a parked bus in Jammu and Kashmir's Udhampur district on Wednesday night, sources said.
The incidents occurred just days ahead of the visit of Union Home Minister Amit Shah starting October 4. He was supposed to embark on a three-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir on September 30 and hold public meetings in Rajouri on October 1 and Baramulla on October 2. However, the visit was rescheduled.
All about the blasts
The first blast took place around 10.30 pm on Wednesday in a passenger bus parked near the Petrol pump wounding two persons who were sitting on the bus, the police said.The empty bus was parked near a petrol pump in Domail Chowk after its routine day service when the blast took place around 10:30 pm, they said.
Another blast took place in a parked bus at the old bus stand in Udhampur early Thursday morning at 6 a.m. No injuries have been reported in the incident so far, the police said.
The roof and the backside of the bus were blown away by the blast that occurred around 5.30 am on Thursday but no one was injured, they said.
The bus on which the second blast occurred had come from Basantgarh in Udhampur district and was on night halt at the bus stand. It was scheduled to leave for Basantgarh in the morning.
Status of investigation
The police said it has started an investigation. DIG of Udhampur-Reasi range Suleman Choudary said two to three buses have suffered damage in the blasts. "The nature of explosives and other things are under investigation. It needs a detailed probe," he said.
The people injured have been questioned and terror angle cannot be ruled out, the police officer said. An alert has been sounded by the police and people have been asked to check their vehicles for any suspicious items.
Personnel of the police and other security forces have cordoned off the bus stand and all vehicles are being checked thoroughly before allowing them to resume services.
All vehicles which left the bus stand before the blast occurred in the morning will be stopped at checkpoints and thoroughly checked, officials said. On March 9 this year a sticky bomb planted at Slathia Chowk in Udhampur exploded causing the death of one person and injuries to 17 others.
(With PTI Inputs)