3 rag-picker brothers killed in Udhampur blast
Three rag-pickers of Ramban were killed in an explosion near Birma Bridge in Udhampur district on Wednesday.
Three rag-pickers of Ramban were killed in an explosion near Birma Bridge in Udhampur district on Wednesday. The deceased were brothers, aged between 10 to 16 years.
DIG Udhampur-Reasi range, Surinder Gupta, told Greater Kashmir that the three siblings were Wednesday afternoon trying to extract iron from a powerful live shell which they might have collected from the nearby area.
The deceased brothers of Dharli area in Ramban district have been identified as Vikas, Deepu and Maheshu.
On whether the shell was collected from any nearby army range, Gupta said, "It will be premature to comment on the issue. A police team is investigating the matter. Let them submit the enquiry report, the exact reasons will be known."
Working President National Conference Omar Abdullah has expressed shock and grief over the deaths. Describing the incident as most tragic, Omar conveyed his condolences to the bereaved family.
Provincial President National Conference Jammu, Devender Singh Rana, has also expressed profound shock over the incident and called for expeditious investigations into the circumstances leading to the explosion that cost three precious lives.
Rana condoled the deaths and prayed for peace to the departed souls.
Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh, expressed profound shock over the tragic death of three brothers.
In his condolence message, Dr Singh while conveying sympathies with the bereaved family members hoped that they would be able to bear the irreparable loss. He also prayed for peace to the departed souls.
Dr Singh further said that the authorities would enquire into the incident and extend all possible assistance to the bereaved.