Army Bomb Disposal Squads being airlifted to Kashmir
Srinagar, Aug 13: Concerned over the large number of unexploded shells present in the civilian areas and other fields, the defence authorities have decided to bring Bomb Disposal Squads (BDS) from other commands to clear them.
A well coordinated plan to clear the area of debris and unexploded devices was underway, a defence ministry spokesman said here today.
He said BDS were being airlifted from other commands to clear roads and habitation at the earliest.
''We plan to conduct joint patrols with state administration to detect and defuse unexploded shells in other areas also,'' he said.
Hundreds of shells could be seen in the fields, compounds, streets and other areas in the villages adjacent to the 21 Field Ordinance Depot at Khandroo which was gutted in a devastating fire, triggering explosives that killed five people and injured about 100 others.
''We are aware of the sufferings of the people, who had to migrate from their villages to safer places following the fire in the depot'', he said adding that a joint control centre with the civil administration and police has been established to alleviate the problems of the residents.
The civil administration has made arrangements for food, shelter and other basic amenities for the affected families till the situation become normal and they return to their homes.
The spokesman once again appealed to residents of the affected villages not to go back to their homes till they got permission from the Army authorities.
''We want to make sure that all the unexploded shells are cleared before the civilians are allowed to return to their homes,'' he said.