Itanagar: The Army authorities and the district administration have taken an initiative to request the villagers in the vicinity of the Nara Tiding firing range in Anjaw district of Arunachal Pradesh to deposit un-exploded mortar shells in their possession which they collect from the firing range.
The initiative was taken after the tragic death of three children due to an accidental blast of a live mortar shell at Chirang village under Hayuliang circle of the district on November 24 last. The incident occurred, when the children, all in the age group of 7-10, were playing with the live explosive which was collected by their parents from the nearby firing range and kept in the house.
The villagers positively responded to the call of the local Army unit and the civil administration and deposited a large quantity of shells, Kohima-based Defence Spokesman Col Chiranjit Konwer informed on Friday.
“So far 554 such shells submitted by the villagers were destroyed by the Army at firing range in the last two days,” Konwer said adding, the exercise is still ongoing and the Army is going from house to house and requesting other villagers in possession of the fired shells to deposit immediately.
The Nara Tidding firing range in the district bordering China, is being used by the Army, ITBP and other security agencies to carry out field firing. The range has number of villages in its vicinity and on occasions despite warnings, the local villagers over the years have been recovering fired ammunition shells from the range, the spokesman said. The initiative of the Army and civil administration will prevent any accidents that could have led to casualties to the local villagers and has won praise of the civilian population of the district, the spokesman added.
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