World War-era mortar shell found in Chakaria

Published : 11 Nov 2022 08:47 PM

Police recovered an unexploded mortar shell of World War II in Chakaria Upazila of Cox's Bazar. This mortar shell was found while digging the safety tank of Azim Uddin's house in Rangmahal area of Ward No. 9 of Dulahajara Union of Upazila on Thursday. Later on Friday around 10 am, a team of Chakaria police station and army detonated this mortar shell and destroyed it.

Hasanul Islam Adar, chairman of Dullahazara Union Parishad, said that Md. Azim Uddin of Rangmahal area was digging a safety tank in his house. Meanwhile, I saw a long and round iron object under the ground.

When he informed me, I informed the OC of Chakaria police station.

Later on Thursday night, a team of police including Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Tafiqul Alam of Chakaria-Pekua and Officer-in-Charge (OC) Chandan Kumar Chakraborty arrived and confirmed that the iron sack was an unexploded mortar shell of World War II. The latter took the unexploded mortar shell into police custody.

Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Chakaria Police Station Chandan Kumar Chakraborty said, after receiving information from local Union Parishad Chairman Hasanul Islam Adar that an iron object like a mortar shell was found under the ground, he went to the spot along with ASP Sir. It is confirmed that the iron object is an unexploded mortar shell.

Later we recovered that unexploded mortar shell and moved it to a safe place. Later, the army informed the Ramu cantonment about the matter.

On Friday morning, a team from Ramu cantonment of the army came and detonated the unexploded mortar shell.

He hypothesized that the unexploded mortar shell recovered from the ground could date back to World War II. It could not explode as it was buried underground.