BREAKING31 May 2016 | 1:01 PM
NEW DELHI: In a major tragedy, 17 defence personnel, including two Army officers, were killed when a massive fire broke out at the Central Ammunition Depot in Pulgaon (Wardha), near Nagpur, in Maharashtra around 1.30 am on Tuesday. The fire was followed by multiple explosions.[ + read story ]
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, May 31
In a major tragedy, 17 defence personnel, including two Army officers, were killed when a massive fire broke out at the Central Ammunition Depot in Pulgaon (Wardha), near Nagpur, in Maharashtra around 1.30 am on Tuesday. The fire was followed by multiple explosions.
The fire started in one of the explosives stores.
A Defence spokesperson said there were 17 fatalities, including two officers, Lt Col RS Pawar and Maj K Manoj. The other dead included jawans of the Defence Security Corps (DSC), fire crew and combatants.
As many as 25 persons have been admitted in a hospital ICU.
The fire has been brought under control, but not before extensive damage. However, secondary explosions are still feared and precautionary measures are being taken.
Jawans in the DSC are mostly reemployed retired military personnel.
The depot stores artillery ammunition, which is deadly. Small arms and mortars are also stored there.
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Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and the Indian Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag have dashed off to Pulgaon to make a spot assessment of the damage caused by the explosions.
“According to my information, the fire is now under control,” Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis said on Tuesday. “It is an unfortunate incident. We have suffered a huge loss of lives and property. I have directed district officials to help whatever help they can. We are providing whatever assistance and resources — primarily medical assistance — required.”
“I pray that those who are injured recover quickly. I have asked Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to visit the spot and take stock of the situation,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said. (With inputs from agencies)
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