The Indian Army clarified on Thursday that no mortar shell was fired at the training range in Bihar’s Gaya district on Wednesday, which was blamed for the deaths of three people in a nearby village.

Colonel Dushyant Singh Chauhan, the administrative commandant of Danapur Cantonment on the outskirts of the state capital, stated that “no clearance” was given for mortar firing at Gaya’s Deuri Dumri firing range.

“It is clarified that on 8 March 2023, no firing of mortars was carried out at the Deuri Dumri Field Firing Ranges….. all clearances in a Notified Firing Range are obtained on a daily basis prior to the firing from local civil administration and police. No such clearance was requested.