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Ammo depot fire toll rises to 18

By The Assam Tribune

PULGAON (MAHA), June 1 - Two more bodies were today recovered from the site of the fire mishap at the Pulgaon Central Ammunition Depot in Wardha district, taking the death toll to 18.

Three persons were missing since yesterday. Two bodies have been recovered and one person is still missing, sources told PTI. The bodies recovered today were yet to be identified, they added.

A massive fire yesterday broke out at one of Asia�s biggest ammunition depot in Maharashtra�s Pulgaon that houses the largest stockpile of weapons in the country. The fire occurred in the wee hours at one of the sheds that housed �highly sensitive ammunition� in the high security Central Ammunition Depot (CAD), spread over 7,000 acres.

The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained and the Army has instituted an inquiry into the incident.

Meanwhile, President Pranab Mukherjee asked the Maharashtra government and other authorities to provide all possible aid to the bereaved families as well as medical assistance to the injured in the ammunition depot fire. � PTI

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