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Blast near Sidhra checkpoint, searches launched

JAMMU: Police have launched an investigation after a “blast-like” sound was heard near a police checkpoint on vital Sidhra bridge here, officials said on Wednesday.

The sound was heard late Tuesday night near a bridge over the Tawi river, the officials said.

There was no report of any casualty or damage in the “blast”, they said.

A lever of the grenade has been recovered from the blast site.

Jammu Senior Superintendent of Police Chandan Kohli said “a blast-like sound was heard near Sidhra bridge checking point. A thorough search is being carried on the spot to verify the matter”.

Officials said police reinforcements including Special Operations Group (SOG) personnel have rushed to the area.

A thorough search operation was carried out but no one was arrested during the night-long operation, they said.

Since the bypass is connected with the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, an alert was also sounded and checking of vehicles was intensified.

The officials said forensic teams are visiting the spot to carry forward the probe.


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