Live fuses create panic, defused in south Kashmir

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Srinagar, May 11 (UNI) Panic again gripped a South Kashmir village when live Bofors fuses was detected, official sources said today.

They said as people were busy in their daily work, a live fuse created panic in village Nowgam Achabal.

Police was informed and those present in the area were taken to safe places.

Later Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) destroyed the fuse on the spot without causing any damage.

This was the third time live fuses were recovered in south Kashmir during this month. One May 1, seven fuses were recovered at village Sombrunna Kanal while two were destroyed on May 5 at Nowgam.

More than a dozen live fuses were destroyed by the BDS during the past one month in villages around Khandroo, where thousands of Bofors and other shells were destroyed in devastating fire in the Field Ammunition Depot in August last year.

After the fire was controlled in the depot thousands of unexploded shells were defused by about 100 BDS in about a dozen adjacent villages. However, hundreds of unexploded shells still remain in these villages.

About 20 people, mostly fire-fighters of Army, were killed and 50 others wounded in the incident.

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