Villagers of Patri Chajjla near the Line of Control in Poonch sector Sunday said live explosive shells lying around their homes for days have become potential death traps for children, urging the authorities to remove and destroy them.
Mohammad Azeef, a resident of Patri Chajjla village told Greater Kashmir a live mortar shell was lying just a few feet away from the main door to his home endangering his family.
"Soon someone will fiddle with it, the shell will explode and one can imagine the risk," Azeef said, describing from experience that it looked like a 120mm mortar bomb which which destroys everything in its 50 meter radius if it goes off.
Another villager, Mohammad Javed said three to four live bombs were lying in the area posing a grave danger to the villagers.
Javed said the unexploded bombs were lying around the village for many days following an exchange of heavy fire between Indian and Pakistani armies across the LoC.
A police official admitted information about the explosives lying around the village was received on Sunday and safe conditions were being created to diffuse them.
"We have received information through locals that some shells are lying in the area and we have contacted army authorities and a team of police was also sent to the area," said deputy commissioner Poonch, adding the situation was being closely monitored and live shells were always a problem after ceasefire violations.
"These live shells will soon be destroyed."