New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday asked Maharashtra government and other authorities to provide all possible aid to the bereaved families as well as medical assistance to the injured in Pulgaon's ammunition depot fire.
In a message to Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao, Governor of Maharashtra, the President said "I am sad to know about the massive fire at the central ammunition depot in Pulgaon, Wardha district of Maharashtra, in which some persons have lost their lives and many others are injured.
"I understand rescue as well as relief operations are currently underway. My thoughts and prayers are with the injured and the families who have lost their near and dear ones."
At least 18 Army men have lost their lives and 15 others are injured in the major fire that broke out yesterday.
"I call upon the State Government and other authorities to provide all possible aid to the bereaved families as well as medical assistance to the injured."
"Please convey my heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased. I wish speedy recovery to the injured persons," Mukherjee said.
Spread over 7,000 acres, the depot is the country's biggest ammunition storehouse.