Used car­tridges, bul­lets found in school be­lieved to be of Bri­tish era

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LUC­KNOW : The used/missed car­tridges, bul­let shells and toy ri­fles re­cov­ered from a room at a pri­mary school in Narhi in Hazrat­ganj on Fri­day are be­lieved to be more than 100 years old, be­long­ing to the Bri­tish era, said of­fi­cials.

Po­lice and ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment of­fi­cials said that a let­ter writ­ten dur­ing the time of the United Prov­inces (Bri­tish era) and re­cov­ered from the same locked room of the school had men­tioned mil­i­tary ed­u­ca­tion be­ing taught as a sub­ject at pri­mary schools.

Ab­hay Mishra, cir­cle of­fi­cer, Hazrat­ganj, said, “The re­cov­ered items in­cluded 142 pack­ets of at least 100 used/ missed bul­lets of 0.22 bore each (14,200 used/ missed bul­lets), 125 used/ missed bul­lets of 303 ri­fle and 83 bul­let shells. These have been kept at the ‘maal khana’ (store room) of the Hazrat­ganj po­lice sta­tion on the ap­pli­ca­tion of the block ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer, Ar­chana Ku­mari, un­der whose pres­ence the labour­ers had opened the room and dis­cov­ered the items.”

Luc­know Ba­sic Shik­sha Ad­hikari (BSA) Amarkant Singh said the ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment was still in the process of find­ing out about the re­cov­ered items.

“The ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment came into ex­is­tence in 1972. The sub­ject of mil­i­tary ed­u­ca­tion was not in ex­is­tence back then. Be­fore the for­ma­tion of the ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment, pri­mary schools were run un­der the su­per­vi­sion of the zila parishads and the na­gar pan­chayat parishads,” said Singh.

How­ever, he con­firmed that a let­ter writ­ten some­time in 1910-11 was re­cov­ered from one of the boxes in which the used/ missed car­tridges and bul­let shells were later found.

“Po­lice of­fi­cials stated that the re­cov­ered items seemed to be for train­ing pur­poses. A book­let of 1958 was also found in one of the boxes. Ini­tial probe sug­gests that the room was not cleaned for the past 40 years,” said the BSA.

He said, so far, the ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment had not found any doc­u­ments re­lated to mil­i­tary ed­u­ca­tion, but se­nior au­thor­i­ties and old teach­ers of pri­mary schools were be­ing con­tacted to get more de­tails in the mat­ter.

“The room was used as an of­fice of the block ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment. It re­mained closed af­ter the of­fice was shifted,” he said.

The po­lice had ear­lier said that the re­cov­ered items could have been meant for the train­ing of the Na­tional Cadet Corps.

The cops had sug­gested that the car­tridges and the bul­let shells may have been kept there as an NCC camp had been set up on the school premises.

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