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Army depot inferno: PM rushes Defence Minister to the site

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

Published: 31st May 2016 12:16 PM  |   Last Updated: 31st May 2016 01:34 PM   |  A+A-

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Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar with Chief of the Air Staff Air Marshal Arup Raha addressing the media regarding the military operations at Pathankot airbase on January 5. | PTI

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked Defence Minister 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.

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 micro-blogging site twitter.

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis also termed the incident as "very unfortunate".

"News of fire at Central Ammunition Depot, Pulgaon is very unfortunate and disturbing. Spoke to Wardha collector & took stock of the situation," he tweeted.

Fadnavis has also informed about speaking to the Wardha collector and asking him to help.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has condoled the incident.

"My heart goes out to the families of the officers and jawans who lost their lives in the fire accident at ammunition depot in Pulgaon."

"I pray for the speedy recovery of those who got injured in Pulgaon fire. My condolences to the bereaved families," he said.

The mishap, which unfolded at the wee hours at the morning today, saw 15 Defence Security Corps (DSC) jawans and two officers getting killed.

The central ammunition depot is the country's biggest ammunition storehouse.

(With Inputs from agencies)

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