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KURSEONG, July 11: A circular polymer object measuring about 3 ft in diameter and around 1.5 ft tall dropped from the sky at Lower Sirubari Busty in Castleton Tea Estate, Kurseong sub-division last evening generating fear and confusion in the area.
The Kurseong police took the object in its custody in the presence of the Kurseong BDO Mr Manish Verma today. The administration has contacted the Air Force authorities at Bagora near Kurseong for the identification of the object.
The object landed near the house of Mr Hari Kumar Chettri at around 6.30 p.m. yesterday. “The object was hot glowing orange when it fell with a thud. Its heat turned the tin wall of my cattle shed red,” Mr Chhetri, said. According to the Kurseong BDO, the object has changed colour after cooling down. “The object is not more than 15 kg, is blackish in colour and has several concentric rings,” Mr Verma said. “What is curious is that the object did not create a major crater although it fell from the sky,” he added. Curiosity prevails in the area about the identity of the object. Many believe it is a part of a satellite. n SNS