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Farmer felled by splinters

A 32-year-old farmer died on the way to hospital after he sustained splinter wounds when he sneaked into the BSF’s Silwar firing range even as the personnel were practising during a training session on Thursday afternoon.

Binod Kachhap of Rola village had managed to enter a no-entry zone within the firing range, 8km from the Hazaribagh district headquarters, said deputy superintendent of police Satish Chandra Jha.

Sources said the victim was hit by bullet splinters on his chest. Kachhap was rushed to sadar hospital but died on the way.

His body was handed over to his relatives after post-mortem. An FIR was lodged in this connection at Muffasil police station.

According to BSF officers, Kachchap managed to enter the firing range even though they had positioned sentries at various points. An officer said the BSF had also ordered a probe into the mishap.

Sources in the BSF pointed out that despite warnings in advance, villagers aware of the training sessions continued to tread into the danger zone in search of metal from spent ammunition to be sold in the local market.

Villagers close to Juljul Pahaad near the firing range continue to try and extract iron and brass from ammunition fired by BSF jawans during the training sessions thrice a week, despite fatal instances earlier. Kachhap was the sixth casualty since 2007. On October 22, three teenaged boys were killed when a grenade they had taken home exploded while they were trying to collect brass metal from it.