Grenade blast was an accident: Dhumal
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Last Updated: Thursday, March 11, 2010, 18:49
Shimla: The grenade blast in army firing range that left three children dead was an accident and a probe has ruled out any terror activity, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal said on Thursday.

"There is no foul play and suspicion of any terrorist activity. This is a case of an accident leading to the tragic death of three young school boys," he told the State Assembly quoting the probe report.

Dhumal, who also holds the Home portfolio, said probe into the Tuesday blast was on to find out who had left shells there and also its manufacturer.

Three children of Kahala village, about 15 kms from Dharamsala, who had gone to Nagni Mata temple in Brahmanu Galu forest, about a km away from army's Kachhayari firing range, were killed while attempting to extract metal out of shells.

Dhumal said six shells of 51 mm mortar were lying in the jungle, out of which three exploded killing as many boys. Rest were defused by police bomb disposal squad.

Bodies of Rahul (13), Sahil (12) -- both siblings -- and Chandan (13) were found lying near a banyan tree, he said.

Dhumal said state government would take up the matter with the Centre as well as the army to ask them to take utmost precaution.

On the charges of BJP MLA from Kangra Sanjay Chaudhary that doctors delayed the post-mortem of the children, the CM said an inquiry has been ordered into it.


First Published: Thursday, March 11, 2010, 18:49

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