The empty bus was parked near a petrol pump in Domail Chowk, Udhampur after its routine day service when the blast took place around 10:30 pm.
Two people were injured after a blast occurred in an empty bus parked at a petrol pump in Udhampur on Wednesday (September 28). The incident occurred at around 10:30 pm near a petrol pump at Domail Chowk in the Udhampur district.
Other vehicles parked nearby were also damaged in the blast. The injured were shifted to Udhampur District Hospital.
Police and security personnel rushed to the spot soon after the incident.
“The blast occurred at around 10:30 pm. Two people have been injured in the incident and vehicles parked nearby have also suffered damage. The reason for the blast is still not known. We are investigating the matter,” said Suleman Choudhary, DIG Udhampur-Reasi Range.
A purported CCTV footage of the blast went viral on social media.
Meanwhile, another blast happened on a bus at Udhampur bus stand in the morning today (September 29). No injury has been reported in the second blast.
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 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. 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.
Further details are awaited in this regard. The investigation is also underway.