Jammu | Jagran News Desk: A "suspected blast" took place nearly 8 to 12 km away from the Palli village in Jammu district hours ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit, said officials on Sunday morning. The blast, which occurred at an agricultural land in the Laliana village, was reported by local villagers.

However, the Jammu and Kashmir police suspects that the blast was caused by a lightning strike or a meteorite. It said that an investigation has been launched to ascertain the cause of the explosion. 

Multiple terror attacks took place in Jammu and Kashmir over the last one week ahead of PM Modi's first visit to the union territory (UT) following the abrogation of Article 370. Officials have beefed up the security in the UT and issued a red alert.

Earlier in the day, they also arrested two people - Bilal Ahmad Wagay and Ishfaq Chopan - from the Anantnag district for allegedly transporting the two Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists who were killed in an encounter in Sunjwan.

Wagay and Chopan allegedly transported the two terrorists from Supwal in Samba district to Sunjwan in Jammu. The police said the terrorists, killed in an operation on Friday, were equipped with suicide vests and sophisticated weapons.

"The analysis of mobile tower data as well as internet data usage of the general area led to suspicion on a person by the name of Bilal Ahmed Beig (Wagay) of south Kashmir's Kokarnag who had received the terrorists on the border at Supwal in Samba district and brought them to Jallalabad area before handing them to Sheikh," Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Mukesh Singh was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

Singh, however, said Sheikh's brother Asif - a key conspirator in the case - is still at large and efforts are on to nab him. He said Sheikh and Asif are deeply involved with terrorists of JeM.

"Asif created a telegram ID called ‘Pagal Jamaat' (Mad group) for Sheikh and also provided him with a mobile phone with a SIM card which was used to establish contact with a JeM commander in Pakistan by the name of 'Veer', his telegram identity," PTI quoted Singh as saying.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma