PM rushes defence minister Parrikar to Maharashtra’s depot fire site

  • Agencies, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 31, 2016 12:03 IST
2 officers & 17 DSC soldiers injured in a fire accident at army depot in Maharashtra, admitted to the hospital.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday asked Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to visit the central ammunition depot in Maharashtra’s Pulgaon to take stock of the situation after a major fire killed at least 17 security personnel, including two Army officers, there.

Read: Maharashtra: 2 officers,15 soldiers killed in massive army depot fire

Modi also expressed pain over the loss of lives caused by the fire and prayed for quick recovery of the injured.

“I pray that those who are injured recover quickly. Have asked RM @manoharparrikar to visit the spot & take stock of the situation.

“Pained by loss of lives caused by a fire at central ammunition depot in Pulgaon, Maharashtra. My thoughts are with the bereaved families,” the Prime Minister said on Twitter.

The central ammunition depot at Pulgaon isthe country’s biggest ammunition storehouse.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis termed as “very unfortunate” the fire at the central ammunition depot.

.He said he has spoken to Wardha collector and instructed him to provide all help.

Following the mishap, Fadnavis said in a tweet: “News of fire at Central Ammunition Depot, Pulgaon is very unfortunate and disturbing. Spoke to Wardha collector & took stock of the situation.”

“Instructed Wardha collector to provide all required help in this situation. Also asked collectors of the neighbouring districts to be alert,” the CM said.

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