Air Force suspends 'bombs demolition practice'

Air Force authorities have suspended an operation to destroy live bombs in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district.

“The demolition operation has been suspended and new dates will be announced soon,” said an Air Force official.

The official said they had urged people of some Budgam villages including Gogoo Lalgaon, Ompora Bulchroo, Gudsattu Naroo, Ichgam, Kazibagh, Khanpora, Humhama and Sheikpora, to stay indoors on August 30 and September 6 in view of the practice of demolition of 100 to 120 kg bombs.

The Air Force officials have written to DDC, SSP and other officials urging that people must be advised to stay indoors as “rogue splinters” cannot be ruled out during the demolition of unexplored bombs. Another official said it was a “planned exercise and part of essential training.”

The official said the process involved risk to people and property. “All demolition operations involve risk to personnel and property,” reads the communication, adding “throughout the training all the required precautions possibility of rouge splinters cannot be ruled out.”

The official said the process involved risk to people and property.