Youth killed, 4 injured after shell explodes at Tosamaidan

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Srinagar, Aug 12: A youth was killed and four others were injured when a shell exploded at Tosamaidan in central Kashmir district of Budgam on Sunday, official sources said.
Meanwhile, district authorities have issued fresh advisory, directing people not to fiddle with any shell or suspected object in Tosamaidan, which was used as a firing range by the Army before it was handed over to state government in 2014.
Sources said that a shell exploded at Tosamaidan on Sunday afternoon, resulting in injuries to five youth.
The injured were immediately taken to Primary Health Centre from where they were referred to S K Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Srinagar. “One of the injured, identified as Wajid Bashir Ahanger, later succumbed in the hospital,” they said.
They said police have registered a case and initiated investigation into the incident.
After Tosamaidan was handed over to the state government, a clean up driver was launched by the Army during which latest machines were used to detect and defuse unexploded shells in the area.
However, after the incident, the district authorities have said that a fresh sanitization drive will be launched to trace and defuse any other unexploded shell.
Hakeem Yaseen aghast
Chairman PDF and MLA Khansahib Hakeem Yaseen has expressed sorrow over killing of a youth and injuring several in a mysterious landmine blast at tourist resort Tossamaidan Sunday.
In a statement, Hakeem Yaseen said this was the second tragic incident of this kind since last year after Army has given no objection certificate for opening Tossamaidan for tourists which was earlier used as the Army firing range. He has demanded a thorough investigation as to how landmine blasts occur there despite sensitization of the meadow against any residual artillery shells. He has also demanded registration of FIR about the incident so that culprits responsible for this negligence are booked under law.
Hakeem Yaseen has demanded ex-gratia relief in favour of the deceased family and free Medicare treatment to the injured persons. (KNS)