In a major fire accident, 20 depot staff members including officers and soldiers were killed and many others were injured on Monday night after fire broke out at a military ammunition depot in Pulgaon in Maharashtra’s Wardha district. Locals said there were multiple explosions after the blaze caused by yet-to-be- ascertained reasons at around 1.30 am.
Three nearby villages have been evacuated. People from other villages are also being taken to a safe distance.
PM Narendra Modi tweeted, “Pained by loss of lives caused by a fire at central ammunition depot in Pulgaon, Maharashtra. My thoughts are with the bereaved families.” He asked Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to visit the ammunition depot.