Kangra: Kachairi, Gurkhari and Khohala villagers in the outskirts of Kangra town continue to live under the threat of live shells as another live grenade was found in the open fields and defused by the bomb disposal squad of the Army, police said here today.
Kangra district police chief Atul Fulzele told HimVani that the live grenade was recovered yesterday from the fields. He said that a massive search operation would be carried in the three villages where live explosives including bombs and grenades were recovered during the last two-and-half months. A meeting is being arranged which would be attended by all the village pradhans of the area, police and army authorities, local prominent people and scrape dealers and steps would be discussed to eradicate the problem, he said.
He said that it is suspected the villagers collect shells from the firing range area and keep them in their houses as scrape vendors purchase them at the rate of Rs 175 to 200 each. Fulzele appealed to both residents and scrape vendors of the area to hand over these live bombs, if any with them, to the search parties or inform the search party about the location where they throw them.
In the last week, four high explosives, 36 granades, one two inch mortar bomb, one parshoot ill round and a TPT shell, which were found scattered in different areas of these three panchayats, were defused by an army bomb disposal squad. Three class VII students were killed on the spot on March 9 this year when a live shell exploded in a forest near Kohala village in the same firing range area.
Meanwhile, village leaders alleged that the Army and BSF had been using this area for firing but they leave the area with live bombs and grenades scattered around, thus putting people and the civil authorities on a dock. They demanded shifting of this firing range area.