Oct 24, 2011,
BSF hunting for bigger firing range in Hazaribag: The BSF, which has one of the biggest training centres and schools at Meru near here, is planning to set up a bigger firing range at a place that is not very densely populated.
DIG S K Sood said, "We are surveying the areas where suitable, safe and a bigger firing range can be established. The district administration has suggested several sites for the purpose but it is yet to be finalized."
At present, the BSF has two firing ranges in Sitagarha and Silwar both in Hazaribag Sadar block, but the problem with Sitagarah is that although it is a fairly big range the area is surrounded by villages and sometimes mortars fired during the training go out of the range causing several accidents. Sometimes it was found that villagers, despite prior warnings, collected unexploded mortars and grenades for taking out the brass portion and were killed in explosion.
After the proposal was mooted, the BSF authorities have discussed the matter with district officials to suggest some safer zones for a new firing range. However, the BSF top brass refused to divulge any details about the proposed site for the range.
BSF authorities along with the officials of the district administration have inspected a site at village Lukaiya under the Curchu block and efforts are on to acquire land in this village for establishing the new firing range. This area has 3753.32 acres of forest and 1620.48 acres of raiyati and khas gairmajurwa lands It is learnt this spot was inspected by the BSF on October 20. This village may be selected finally as only 20 families of Ganjhu tribes reside here, who might be rehabilitated somewhere else. However, BSF authorities did not confirm anything about their visit to the area but the district authorities have confirmed it.
However, Churchu block is a Maoist-dominated area and falls within the periphery of Jhumra pahar range.