New Delhi: Six people were killed and ten injured in an explosion at the Central Ammunition Depot depot in Wardha, Maharashtra, on Tuesday morning, reported ANI. It is one of the country’s biggest ammunition depots.Also Read - 22-Year-Old Student Dies After Walking 450km from Wardha to Reach Home in Tamil Nadu Amid Lockdown
Reports said that the explosion took place while officials were defusing a bomb near Sonai village in Dewali town. The explosion has created a panic situation among the people residing in the area. More details are awaited. Also Read - Police Lathi Charge as Locals Stage Protest in Wardha Against Brutal Murder of Lecturer by Stalker
Defence PRO BB Pande said, “While carrying out the demolition of old explosives by the staff of the Ordnance factory Khamaria, Jabalpur at the demolition land in Pulgaon, there was an accident. In the incident, three labourers and a staff of Ordnance lost their lives.” Also Read - No Poll Code Violation: EC Gives Clean Chit to PM Modi in Wardha Speech Row
Staff from the Jabalpur Khamriya Ordinance factory had been called in at the bomb disposal range to destroy old and unserviceable bombs. The accident occurred at 8 AM. One of the staff from Khamriya Ordinance Factory was declared dead by the hospital. Reports said some labourers dropped a carton carrying bombs, leading to the explosion.
In 2016, at least 15 Defence Security Corps (DSC) jawans and two officers were killed after a massive fire broke out at the same depot. The government had formed a Special Investigation Team to find out the cause of the fire.