Srinagar: A blast occurred in a car in Banihal area of Ramban in near Jawahar tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday afternoon. The explosion happened inside Santro car at the Jammu-Srinagar highway. No casualties or injuries have been reported in connection with the incident. The car driver is said to be absconding.

As per the Central Reserve Police Force (CPRF) sources, it does not appear to be a terrorist attack. “Prima facie blast in the car seems to be a cylinder explosion, CRPF convoy was at a significant distance from explosion site, does not appear to be an attack. Investigations are on,” the sources were quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

According to the Inspector General of Police (J&K), the car in which the blast occurred had hit a bus in the CRPF convoy. The bus suffered minor damage. Reports also suggest that a mysterious kind of white powder has also been recovered from the site of the incident.

Issuing a statement, the CPRF said, “Today around 1030 hrs, an explosion took place in a civil car near Banihal, J&K while CRPF convoy was on move. The car caught fire & slight damage was caused in the rear of one of the CRPF vehicle. No injuries were caused to CRPF Personnel. Incident being investigated.”

The incident comes at least over a month after the dastardly Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF jawans were killed after an explosive-laden truck rammed into their convoy on February 14. The Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) had claimed the responsibility of the attack.