Two kids die as live shell explodes in Panchkula

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Panchkula (Haryana), Sep 13 (ANI): At least two children died and five others seriously injured when a shell used by the security forces exploded here at a scrap shop around 11.00 o'clock on Sunday.

The injured were rushed to the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) Hospital in Chandigarh.

The incident occurred when a group of rag picker kids were segregating the collected scrap and they incidentaly pressed one of the live-shells and it exploded at the shop located in a slum in Azad Colony, Sector 21 in Panchkula, around 10 kilometres from Chandigarh.

"It was basically an unexploded shell used by the forces. These are scrap dealers. They bring from somewhere, where they have found. Today, it was hard luck for them. Two (of them) were opening it by putting some force on it. Suddenly, it exploded and some children were also playing that side. Two died on the spot and five of them are seriously injured. They all are being operated," said Rajesh Kalia, Deputy Superintendent Of Police of Panchkula.

Meanwhile, a local resident said that this was the second time that an explosion had taken place near the scrap dealer's shop.

"This is the second time a bomb has exploded at the shop. Earlier also, a shell had exploded at the same shop. This shop should be sealed," said Jagganath, a local. (ANI)

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