Nagpur: A massive blast was reported in India’s biggest ammunition depot, known as Central Ammunition Depot, near Nagpur. At least two officers and 17 Defence Security Corps (DSC) jawans are feared dead, the Army confirmed.
At least 18 other people have been reported injured.
The multiple explosions in the army ammunition dump when a shed caught fire resulted in a massive fire across resulting in deaths of two officers. The incident is reported to have occured between 1:30-2:00 am which spread quickly through what is the biggest ammunition depot in India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to extend condolences to the bereaved families.
Pained by loss of lives caused by a fire at central ammunition depot in Pulgaon, Maharashtra. My thoughts are with the bereaved families.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 31, 2016
Congress President Sonia Gandhi expressed shock and deep anguish at the reported death of the jawans and officers in the fire. Extending her condolences to the family members of the deceased, Gandhi hoped the injured were being taken care of and ample efforts were being undertaken to limit and control damage.
The inferno that started to spread after a the main site, a shed, caught fire, was brought under control attempts were continued to stabilise the situation. At least 10,000 people from nearby villages have been evacuated.
CAD Pulgaon, the biggest ammunition depot in the country that caters to the entire western sector of the army stores ammunition stores a huge range of arms from BrahMos missile to AK-47.
The CAD is a military area and is located adjacent to Pulgaon. Defence minister Manohar Parrikar is likely to visit the depot.
Update: The death toll in the fire at ammunition depot in Pulgaon has risen to 18.