Thursday, May 8, 2014

Labourer tries to hammer live bullet, pays with his life

GANGTOK, 07 May: A daily wage labourer working under GREF at Kupup under Sherathang in East District was killed on 06 May when he tried to flatten a live cartridge he appears to have salvaged from the firing range situated around two kilometers ahead of Kupup.
Pradhan Bahadur Rai [50], a daily wage labourer working under GREF and residing at Kupup for more than a year now, was killed on the spot when he tried to flatten a live bullet last afternoon, informed Dr MS Tuli [DIG, Range], while speaking to NOW! today.
He had collected the live ammunition from the Firing Range B situated about two kilometers ahead of Kupup towards Rongli side, he added.
“These people collect scrap from around the area to sell, and metal gets a good price. The bullets fired at the firing range have to be accounted for by the soldiers but some loss is still there. Some of these are misfired or do not fire at all and the bullet Pradhan Bahadur Rai found was a live one”, he said. After going back home he tried to hammer the bullet flat to sell as scrap metal and the live bullet exploded killing him on the spot.

A case under 174 Criminal Procedure [Unnatural Death] has been registered at the Kupup Out Post and the body has been sent to the STNM Hospital for post mortem and the case is under investigation, the DIG [Range] further informed.

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