Srinagar Jun 9 (UNI) Jammu and Kashmir army averted a major tragedy when they destroyed two live Bofors fuses in south Kashmir, official sources said today.
They said as the people were busy in their normal work at village Nowgam, two live fuses were detected in the area All those present were immediately shifted to safer places and Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) was informed.
Later both the buses were destroyed 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.
During the past three weeks more than two dozen live fuses were detected and destroyed by the BDS in village Nowgam, Pahloo Shaguns and Khandroo without causing any damage.
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