In pics: This is how NSG commandos defused 50-year-old 59 live shells in Mumbai
Mumbai city news: The shells, called unexploded ordnance in military parlance, were defused or detonated in a controlled explosionmumbai Updated: May 31, 2017 09:53 IST
Fifty-nine live shells found in Thane near Mumbai two years ago were destroyed on Wednesday morning.
The shells, called unexploded ordnance in military parlance, were defused or detonated in a controlled explosion, after an NSG team from Delhi, which inspected them on Monday, called for an immediate disposal.
The Thane crime branch, along with NSG commando, Thane bomb squad, fire brigade, local police station staff and an emergency ambulance, carried out the operation at Thakurpada in Shildaighar, where stone mining is carried out.
A police officer said, “The shells are suspected to be 50 years old. Some of them have been defused. We suspect they may have misfired. Some of them may still have explosives.”
A local resident alerted the police about the shells in October 2015.
Around 1km area around the spot was cordoned off and local villagers were also asked to move to a safe distance on a temporary basis.
“We dug up six 4-ft deep pits. Five-six shells were put in each pit, which was then covered with soil. It was covered with a layer of pebbles. The shells exploded in the pit,” said an officer.