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In Photo: The shell that was found on Damodar riverbed in Bankura on Friday. 

By A Newsman

Bankura, 02 October: FISHERMEN have found a large iron shell at Patrasayar in Bankura believed to be a part of the World War II ammunition.

The shell ~ about five feet long and 2 feet in diameter ~ was found on the Damador riverbed at Saalkhara village in Patrasayar on Friday noon. A group of fishermen discovered the shell and informed local residents, who in turn alerted in the Patrasayar police station.

The shell has developed some corrosion on its outer cover but is intact otherwise. Going by its age and also the fact that it was under water for nearly 70 years, experts said it was unlikely to be active.

Police have taken the shell into their custody and have intimated the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to inspect and take it away.

World War II or the Second World War lasted from 1939 to 1945 and India had got involved in the war as the country was under the British rule back then.