17 killed in fire at Army's biggest ammunition depot in Maharashtra

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15 Defence Security Corps (DSC) jawans and two Army officers were killed in a massive inferno at the Central Ammunition Depot in Maharashtra's Pulgaon on Tuesday. The incident took place in the wee hours on Tuesday as a fire broke out in the depot storing ammunition. 15 DSC jawans and two officers were killed and 19 others injured, in which some are critical.

 

"The main fire at one of the sheds has been extinguished. The situation is being stabilised. However, secondary fire and explosions cannot be ruled out now," an Army officer said.Precautions are being taken to control the fire. According to reports, around 1,000 villagers living close to the depot have been evacuated for safety.

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to visit the area to take stock of situation. Home Minister Rajnath Singh condoled the loss of lives in the accident. “My heart goes out to the families of the officers and jawans who lost their lives in the fire accident at Ammunition depot in Pulgaon,”he tweeted.

 

Calling the incident ‘very unfortunate’, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, “We have suffered huge loss of lives and property. I have directed district officials to extend whatever help possible,” he added. The central ammunition depot at Pulgaon, which is 110 kms from Nagpur, is one India's biggest ammunition depot. It recently got an award for using solar energy for disposing expired ammunition.

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