Def minister, DRDO chief discuss formation of task force to avoid accidents in ammunition depots

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Rajnath Singh heading the meeting with Chiefs of Army, Navy and Air Force. Photo: Twitter

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and DRDO chief G Satheesh Reddy Wednesday discussed formation of a task force for finding ways to avoid accidents in ammunition depots.

“Secretary, Dept of Defence R&D and Chairman @DRDO_India Dr G. Satheesh Reddy called on Raksha Mantri Shri @rajnathsingh to constitute a task force of experts for evolving methodology to avoid ammunition accidents, in New Delhi, today (sic),” a defence ministry tweet read.

A massive blast at an ammunition depot in Maharashtra’s Pulgaon in 2017 had killed at least 19 Army personnel.

Over 19,325 defective anti-tank mines had exploded primarily due to leakage of explosives from some of the mines stored at the Central Ammunition Depot in Pulgaon.