SRINAGAR: Even as the police began investigating the tragedy, the two kids killed in a blast in a remote Rajouri village last morning were laid to rest amid heart-rending scenes on Thursday.
Expressing deep grief over the deaths, the chief minister has announced relief of Rs 2 lakh and one government job to the next-of-kin of the victims who are said to have been orphaned siblings.
Police and forensic experts today combed the site of the blast near an army camp, and minister of state for home too has set up a separate inquiry.
The bodies of 9-year-old Shazeena and her 7-year-old brother Khusheed were handed over to relatives today after autopsies at the government hospital in Thana Mandi.
Reports yesterday said that they were killed on Wednesday morning in a blast in the Barhoon village when walking to school.
Today, reports quoted the police saying that the kids were returning from school located in the Mangota area when the blast occurred at around 11:30 a.m.
According to reports, the police surmise that the kids had picked up some object on the way which could have exploded.
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