Maharashtra ammunition depot fire toll climbs to 19

World Wednesday 01/June/2016 15:46 PM
By: Times News Service
Maharashtra ammunition depot fire toll climbs to 19

Pulgaon (Maharashtra): Three more bodies were on Wednesday recovered from the site of the fire mishap at the Central Ammunition Depot at Pulgaon in Maharashtra, taking the death toll to 19.
"Three bodies charred beyond recognition have been recovered from the accident site today," Defence sources said.
All the three belonged to Defence Security Corps, the sources added. Seventeen persons including a senior CAD official were Tuesday rushed to the Acharya Vinoba Bhave Rural Hospital in Sawangi Meghe as they sustained injuries in the blaze that broke out at one of Asia's biggest ammunition depot, which houses the largest stockpile of weapons in the country.
Three of the injured were airlifted to Army Hospital in Pune on Wednesday, a hospital spokesperson said. They include Deputy Commandant of the CAD, Colonel Ganendra Singh and two other officers -- Sharad Yadav and Jagdish Chandra. Yadav has suffered some injuries on his face and arm caused by flying splinters and Chandra suffered burn injuries, the spokesperson said. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar along with Army Chief General Dalbir Singh had visited the hospital on Tuesday after inspecting the fire site. The Army has instituted an inquiry into the incident. Parrikar had said that there was no sabotage involved in the fire at the ammunition depot but the exact cause would be known only after inquiry.