KANPUR: An engineer was killed and eight others were critically injured when a nitrogen gas cylinder attached to a field gun exploded at the government Ordnance Factory Cawnpore (OFC) in the city
4/11/2019

 

The injured persons have been admitted to a private hospital, where the condition is said to be critical.

 

“A light field gun (LFG) was being tested under the supervision of engineers and examiners at the testing wing of the factory since Tuesday morning. At around 3.30 pm, a nitrogen cylinder attached to the barrel of the gun went off, killing assistant engineer M S Rajput on the spot and leaving eight others critically wounded,” said senior general manager of the factory Mukul Kumar Garg.

 

“A thorough probe would be conducted to ascertain the cause of the explosion and suggest remedial measures,” he said adding, “a detailed report about the incident is being dispatched to the defence ministry. Besides, family members of the deceased engineer and the injured persons have been informed.”

Officials said Rajput was a native of Jabalpur. The injured have been identified as assistant engineers Pratap Singh, Sandeep Kelkar and Pankaj Srivastava; examiners Dwarika Shah, M P Mahto and Atul Srivastava and two casual labourers Karuna Shankar and Ram Chandra Gupta. All of them are undergoing treatment at a local hospital where the condition of Singh and Mahto is stated to be critical by the doctors.

 

The factory equips armed forces with modern defence and battlefield equipments, said officials.

 

“OFC manufactures large calibre barrels, ordnances and ammunition hardware and supplies most of its production to its sister factories for end use by the Army. A few products have been manufactured for use by Navy, Air Force also,” said an OFC official.

 

Also, OFC has extensive facilities for inspection and tests of materials at each stage of manufacture at NABL accredited lab

The injured persons have been admitted to a private hospital, where the condition is said to be critical.

 

“A light field gun (LFG) was being tested under the supervision of engineers and examiners at the testing wing of the factory since Tuesday morning. At around 3.30 pm, a nitrogen cylinder attached to the barrel of the gun went off, killing assistant engineer M S Rajput on the spot and leaving eight others critically wounded,” said senior general manager of the factory Mukul Kumar Garg.

 

“A thorough probe would be conducted to ascertain the cause of the explosion and suggest remedial measures,” he said adding, “a detailed report about the incident is being dispatched to the defence ministry. Besides, family members of the deceased engineer and the injured persons have been informed.”

Officials said Rajput was a native of Jabalpur. The injured have been identified as assistant engineers Pratap Singh, Sandeep Kelkar and Pankaj Srivastava; examiners Dwarika Shah, M P Mahto and Atul Srivastava and two casual labourers Karuna Shankar and Ram Chandra Gupta. All of them are undergoing treatment at a local hospital where the condition of Singh and Mahto is stated to be critical by the doctors.

 

The factory equips armed forces with modern defence and battlefield equipments, said officials.

 

“OFC manufactures large calibre barrels, ordnances and ammunition hardware and supplies most of its production to its sister factories for end use by the Army. A few products have been manufactured for use by Navy, Air Force also,” said an OFC official.

 

Also, OFC has extensive facilities for inspection and tests of materials at each stage of manufacture at NABL accredited lab

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