2 Army jawans killed, 9 others injured at CME

Mubarak Ansari
Friday, 27 December 2019

According to the police, the incident took place around 11.50 am. As part of the combat engineering instructor course, a total of 104 Army officers and jawans were part of the training.

PIMPRI/PUNE: Two Army jawans were killed, while nine others sustained injuries at College of Military Engineering (CME) in Dapodi during bridge construction training on Thursday morning. The Pimpri Chinchwad police have registered a case of accidental death (AD) and further investigation is going on. 

According to the police, the incident took place around 11.50 am. As part of the combat engineering instructor course, a total of 104 Army officers and jawans were part of the training.

After the lecture, they went to ‘Bridge Hard Ground’ around 11.20 am. The bridge collapsed around 11.50 am and the injured soldiers were rushed to the nearby medical inspection (MI) room on the CME campus. Later, they were shifted to Military Hospital (MH), Khadki and Command Hospital (CH), Pune. The MH Khadki informed the police about the death of Lance Havildar Sanjivan PK (29) from Palakkad in Kerala. The other deceased soldier has been identified as Naik BK Waghmode (28) of Daund. 

“During the training of bridge construction, the tower support collapsed and 11 troops got injured and were immediately rushed to the hospital. Two soldiers sustained serious injuries and lost their lives during the treatment. A Court of Inquiry has been ordered and the Next of Kin of the deceased soldiers have been informed,” stated a press release from Southern Command HQ.

An officer said, “Soldiers from different units of engineer regiments were part of the training when the incident took place. They were being given training about bailey bridge construction when one of the towers collapsed resulting in injuries to the soldiers with iron angles.”

The injured soldiers have been identified as Major Surjeet Singh, Subedar P Shanmugam, Naik BP Gore, Naik Sharad Khole, Naik DC Sharma, Naik Devendra Singh Bisht, Havaldar Paramjit Singh, Naik Gurpreet Singh and Naik Mandeep Singh. 

Army Jawan BK Waghmode of Bharatgaon in Daund taluka of Pune district had joined the Army 10 years ago. He had got married five months ago. His mother Laxmi is housewife, while brother Sudam is a labourer. His father has passed away.

Commissioner of Police Sandeep Bishnoi of Pimpri-Chinchwad police said, “We have registered a case of accidental death (as of now).”A team comprising DCP (Zone 1) Smita Patil, Senior PI Shankar Awtade, In-charge of Bhosari police station, as well as detection branch (DB) staff visited the accident spot. “The CME authorities are conducting their enquiry and after they share the details, we will decide the further course of action,” said Inspector Awtade.

WHAT IS CME?
The College of Military Engineering (CME) is a premier tactical and technical training institution and also the alma mater of the Corps of Engineers. The college is a self-contained institution with the complete infrastructure required to train and accommodate all students and the staff. It has all the facilities for imparting theoretical as well as practical training, sports and administration. CME is responsible for the training of personnel of the Corps of Engineers besides imparting instructions in Combat Engineering, CBRN Protection, Works Services and GIS matters to the personnel of all arms and services as well as those from friendly foreign countries.

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