A live fuse found in south Kashmir, people live in fear

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Srinagar, May 19 (UNI) People in about a dozen villages in Anantnag district of south Kashmir continued to live in fear following the recovery of unexploded shells and fuses almost every alternate day during the past one year.

Panic gripped in village Nowgam in the district when a live fuse was found in the area by villagers, official sources said today.

They said the area was immediately sealed by the police and those present were taken to safety.

Later, the Bomd Disposal Squad (BDS) defused the fuse without causing any damage.

The fuse had remained unexploded during the devastating fire in the ammunition depot at Khandroo in August last year, that left more than 20 people, mostly Army fire-fighters dead and scores injured.

About half-a-dozen civilians were also killed or wounded after they touched the unexploded shells in about a dozen villages.

The Army authorities pressed into service about 100 BDS, brought from different parts of the country, to defuse the unexploded shells in the affected villages before the residents were allowed to return to their homes after about a month.

However, there are still unexploded fuses and other shells in the fields in these villages.

About 20 fuses were detected and defused by the BDS during the past one month in these villages.

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