Explosion Mortar Fatality: Man Killed in Army Training Area in Assam

TAMULPUR, ASSAM — A tragic incident occurred in Assam’s Tamulpur, resulting in the death of a 32-year-old man after he inadvertently entered an army training session area. The man, identified as Khempo Narzary, lost his life in an explosion caused by a mortar while collecting remnants of explosives. The unfortunate incident took place on Wednesday evening at the Sukanjuli firing range near the Indo-Bhutan border, where the army’s Punjab Regiment and Madras Regiment troops were conducting their regular armed training session.

Local police stated that the man had entered the restricted area to collect remains of explosives and, unfortunately, attempted to break an 81-mortar bomb, leading to his untimely death. After the incident, law enforcement officials rushed to the scene and transferred Narzary to a nearby government hospital, where he was pronounced dead by doctors.

Authorities have initiated an investigation into the matter and plan to interrogate locals in the vicinity. Superintendent of Police (SP) of Tamulpur district, Pankaj Yadav, emphasized that the area is dedicated to army training sessions and that warnings are always issued before the sessions begin. Yadav also noted that the army’s practice session area is vast, with artillery targeting a range over 1,000 meters. Furthermore, he highlighted the challenges in spotting individuals within such a vast firing range, emphasizing that the firing at the person was completely unintentional as the man had entered the area illegally during the training session.

Additionally, police mentioned that individuals from nearby villages often venture into the army-prohibited areas to collect the remnants of explosives. Following the incident, some locals protested against the man’s tragic death. However, as of now, there has been no reaction from the Indian Army regarding the incident.