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. Also Read - J&k: 3 Families Lodge Missing Report Alleging Killing of Their Kins in Fake Encounter Case; Police Match DNA Samples
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. Also Read - Vaishno Devi Yatra May Not Resume From August 16 as 11 People Test Positive in Trikuta Hills
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. Also Read - New J-K Lt Guv Manoj Sinha Promises Better Security Arrangement For Grassroots Level Leaders
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.