WARDHA: At least six people were killed and 10 others sustained serious injuries near an Indian Army depot in Pulgaon of Wardha district in Maharashtra. The blast occurred around 8:00 am when disposal of old explosives was being carried out when the team was destroying explosives at the depot in Maharashtra’s Wardha on Tuesday morning.
The deceased were identified as Rajkumar Rahul Bahute, Prabhakar Ramdas Wankhede, Narayan Shamrao Kachare, Pravin Prakash Munjewar, Vilas lakshmanrao Pachare, and staffer Udayveer Singh. Of the 10 injured, four are in critical condition. Soon after receiving the information, police and fire brigade teams rushed to the spot to carry out the rescue operation. the injured were taken to a hospital in the nearby Savangi village.
Wardha’s Additional Superintendent of Police Nikhil Pingle said at least 10 to 15 contract workers were at the site when the mishap occurred. “The blast occurred in one of the ammunition boxes while unloading the ammunition. The incident took place in an open land,” he said.
The impact of the blast was so strong that several nearby villages reported hearing a loud explosion. The Wardha District Collector said there was no threat or danger of fire spreading as the dismantling site is outside the CAD depot.