Army orders inquiry into shell explosion mishap in Gopalpur

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New Delhi: Army has ordered an inquiry into the tragic accident in which two personnel were seriously injured after a shell exploded in a Bofor’s gun at the force’s Air Defence College at Gopalpur, sources said on Monday.

The incident occurred yesterday when a chamber gauging exercise was being carried out on a Bofors L-70 gun that was to be used for firing practice today.

Army sources said a captain and an hawaldar was seriously injured. While the right wrist of the Captain was blown away, the hawaldar received injuries in his eye and thighs.

“They are in the ICU but in stable condition. Six others received minor injuries,” a source said.

They said the inquiry will investigate whether the incident was a result of faulty ammunition or were procedures not followed.

Sources said the reason could be faulty ammunition as the gun was not fired.

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