Similar to the one seized by Navy a few months ago
RAMANATHAPURAM: Sleuths of the `Q' Branch on Monday recovered a rocket shell from the Anthoniyar shore at Rameswaram.
It was similar to the one seized by the Indian Navy a few months ago. However, it was found without the wooden box.
Though there was no immediate information on how it reached the shore, it is believed that it must have been netted by some fishermen and brought to the shore and abandoned fearing police interrogation. It was taken to the temple police for investigation.
Besides the `Q' Branch and the State police, the Navy, Coast Guard, Intelligence Bureau, Military Intelligence, Coastal Security Group and other agencies inspected the shell. Unlike the earlier recovery, the 24-inch shell had rusted. It carried the marking 120 HE 050571.
A Defence officer, who inspected it, told The Hindu that it was a 120 mm mortar shell, a standard army weapon. It could have been in the water for three or four months. It could be from the same lot, which was seized earlier.
He said it would not explode at its present stage, as it required additional materials and igniting items.
However, it would have exploded if fishermen or others tried to play with it or break it open.
Asked about the frequent recovery of rocket shells off the Rameswaram coast, he said the exact location could not be established clearly even after the divers searched several spots in the sea.