In a horrendous event today, at least 20 people died in the major fire in Central Ammunition Depot (CAD) in Pulgaon, Maharashtra. Officials who succumbed to injuries include two Army personnel, and 17 Defence Security Corp are severely injured, bleeding profusely. The incident took place between 1:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. today on Tuesday.
As of now, the area has been enclosed, and nobody is allowed to enter the premises. Villagers residing nearby have been evacuated by jawans whereas injured army officers are being lifted by helicopters so as to provide best services. The impromptu act has left government authorities in numb thus, dealing with one of its kind situations.
News of fire at Central Ammunition Depot,Pulgaon is very unfortunate and disturbing.Spoke to Wardha collector & took stock of the situation.
— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) May 31, 2016
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
Two Officers & 17 DSC jawans injured in fire accident at Central ammunition Depot in Maharashtra,brought to hospital pic.twitter.com/yR30ruumSp
— ANI (@ANI_news) May 31, 2016
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Central Ammunition Depot is India’s largest ammunition unit located in Pulgaon, almost 110 km away from Nagpur. The centre was recently awarded for usage of solar energy in an innovative manner by disposing of expired ammunitions.
After the incident, Army Chief General Dalbir Singh leaves for the affected place. Defence Minister Manohar Parikar will soon take a look at the event. Including Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis have claimed of the situation marking it as the emergency of State. He even stated that suffering of massive loss of lives and properties. Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to show grievances and directed ministries and higher authoritative bodies to take a clear stance over the incident.
According to reports from ground zero, Wardha Collector Shailesh Naval opined that ”Though a small fire is still on, there is apparently no further damage expected. Five villages around CAD, placed in the close vicinity, were evacuated immediately, but as soon as the danger subsided, the villagers were restored back to their respective places.”
As of current situation, the fire has been extinguished making the situation stable. Fear of 8 more personnel might be faced off. The village has been evacuated extensively. Still, small fire may break out which fire fighters are trying to fight on. The worst part of the situation was that the major fire broke out in a midst of night when most of the people were sleeping carefree.