Six killed in explosion near Army depot in Wardha

At least six people were killed and 11 others were injured in an explosion near Army depot in Pulgaon area of Wardha district in Maharashtra. The explosion took place around 7 am while unloading one of the ammunition boxes. The incident took place in an open land. Around 10 to 15 contract labourers were at the site when the incident occurred, Wardha’s Additional Superintendent of Police Nikhil Pingle said.

The demolition ground at the Central Ammunition Depot at Pulgaon in the district was given to Ammunition Factory, Khamaria, for demolition activities, he said. The explosion created a panic situation among the people residing in the area. A worker of the ordinance factory and civilians are among those killed. The injured were admitted to a hospital in the nearby Savangi village, In 2016, 16 people were killed in a blast at the ammunition depot at Pulgaon.

A defence official said, “As the Ordnance Factory in Khamaria does not have the adequate facility needed for controlled distraction, it was brought to a demolition near Central Ammunition Depot (CAD), Pulgaon, where it is generally done. The primary information suggests that the accident took place during this process.

Pulgaon in Wardha houses the largest weapons stockpile in the country. The officials of the ordnance factory Khamaria, Jabalpur and of the ordance factory Chandrapur have rushed to the spot. These stocks include assorted weaponry including bombs, grenades, shells, rifles and other explosives. All the ordnance produced in different factories arrives at this facility before it is sent out to various forward bases.

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