INDIA. MUMBAI: On Tuesday, the CAD administration marked the sixth anniversary of the May 2016 accidental fire at the Indian Army’s Central Ammunition Depot (CAD) in Pulgaon, Wardha district, Vidharbha region of Maharashtra, which killed 19 people.
The massive explosions and fire that erupted at shed 193, which housed 19,325 defective anti-tank mines, killed 19 people on May 31, 2016. Officers, Defence Security Corps (DSC) jawans, and some contract workers were killed. The mishap injured an equal number of jawans.
On Tuesday, the Military Station held a ceremony to honor the nineteen Bravehearts who made the ultimate sacrifice for the country. On this occasion, the next of kin were honored and given financial assistance.
In an outreach program free medical camp for the senior citizens of three nursing homes of Pulgaon in association with Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha, was organized, Wing Commander Ratnakar Singh said.
Pulgaon’s CAD is Asia’s second-largest ammunition depot. Until the year 2000, it posed a little security risk. Following the attack on the Parliament in 2001, the area’s security was increased, and all types of leisure activities in the area were halted.
There are two schools inside the military station- Kendriya Vidyalaya and Army Primary School, Pulgaon. Mostly children of military personnel study in these schools. After May 2016 fire, a memorial was set up within the complex spread over a 7000-acre area. Every year, the service personnel and the civilians visit the military station to pay homage to those killed in May 2016 fire.