Three brothers were killed in a bomb blast near Andhra Pradesh's Kurnool town on Tuesday.
The incident occurred near Nandyal checkpost on the outskirts of Kurnool when the three brothers, including two real estate developers, were surveying a piece of land which they had purchased sometime back.
The deceased have been identified as J. Mallikarjuna, J. Rajasekhar -- both real estate businessmen and J. Sreenu, an Assistant Sub-Inspector of Police.
Another person, identified as Sudhakar, a driver in the Survey Department, was injured.
According to the police, the blast occurred when some waste material was set on fire by some workers. While two brothers died on the spot, Sreenu succumbed at Kurnool Government Hospital.
The police suspect that country-made bombs were kept in the garbage. A police officer said an investigation is on to find out if somebody had concealed the bombs in the field or if they were deliberately planted to target the brothers.
According to people living in the vicinity, the brothers were well-known in the town as they had executed several projects. They had purchased that piece of land for Rs 20 crore.
Visuals showed many people gathering at the spot after the blast, even as the police cordoned off the area and was trying to ask people not to step too close to the location of the incident.
The police said that they have registered a case and further investigation is ongoing.
In August last year, around 20 passengers in an RTC bus in Andhra Pradesh had a close shave after explosives, reported to be country made, went off in a bus.
The blast occurred near Damuku area under Anantagiri Mandal in Visakhapatnam's Agency area when the bus was travelling from Visakhapatnam to Araku, and the bomb shattered the glass panes of a few windows, and also damaged the rear end of the bus.
While no casualties were reported, a few passengers suffered minor injuries in the incident. They were rushed to a local hospital.