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Houses hit by stray bullets: Orissa Police shut one firing range

The bullets were lodged in the walls of at least four houses and a school building.

Written by Debabrata Mohanty | Bhubaneswar |
February 5, 2015 2:38:39 am

A day after stray bullets ricocheted from the firing range of anti-Naxal training centre near Bhubaneswar and hit several houses in a nearby village, Orissa Police closed one of the three ranges as “precautionary” measure.

On Tuesday morning, residents of Jujhagarh village — living 2 km away from the high-security anti-Naxal force Special Operation Group’s training centre in Chandaka area — were busy with their daily chores when around 10 bullets whizzed past. The bullets were lodged in the walls of at least four houses and a school building. The angry villagers lodged a complaint at the Chandaka police station.

Deputy Commissioner of Police of Bhubaneswar Satyabrata Bhoi said firing range-III of the SOG at Chandaka had been closed till suitable modifications are made. Bhoi who visited the spot for an enquiry on Wednesday said: “From initial probe it appears that the bullets ricocheted after hitting some tree and other small objects.”

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