Itanagar: Following the recent killing of three children after a shell they picked up exploded near the Naga Tidding firing range in the Anjaw district of Arunachal Pradesh, villagers residing in the vicinity have deposited large quantities of shells recovered from the area to the Indian Army.
Three children, including two girls aged between eight and 10 years and a two-year-old boy, died following the explosion near the firing range on November 24.
On November 28 and 29, altogether 554 such shells were destroyed by the Army at the firing range. However, the process of depositing and destroying shells were still on till the filing of this report, as Army jawans were going from house to house and requesting the villagers to deposit any shells that they may still have in their possession.
The Nara Tiding firing range, bordering China, is used by the Army, the Indo Tibetan Border Police, and other security agencies for field exercises.