Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday called on Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to take stock of the deadly fire at the Central Ammunition Depot in Wardha, Maharasthra, in which 15 Defence Security Corps (DSC) jawans and two officers were killed.
The Prime Minister tweeted on Tuesday morning.
Echoing similar sentiments, Congress President Sonia Gandhi expressed shock and deep anguish at deaths of jawans and officers in the fire.
“Extending her condolences to the family members of the deceased, Smt. Gandhi hoped that the injured were being taken care of and ample efforts were being undertaken to limit and control damage,” the party said in a statement.
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Meanwhile, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has said that the fire has been brought under control.
“It is an unfortunate incident and we have suffered huge loss of lives and property. I have directed district officials to extend whatever help possible,” Fadnavis told ANI.
The incident took place in the wee hours of morning today as a fire broke out in the depot storing ammunition.
20 people were killed, including two Army officials, and several injured after a fire broke out at the Central Ammunition Depot in Pulgaon, Wardha district in Maharashtra. Seventeen Defence Security Corp (DSC) jawans were injured in the blaze, some of them critically, an Army officer said.
(with inputs from ENS)