Anantnag: Two local labourers sustained injuries on Tuesday in an “accidental” explosion at an army camp here in Khundroo area of Shangus in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
The Khundroo camp is known to serve as a huge ammunition depot for the army. In 2007, a similar accidental explosion had led to a chain of explosions in the depot, spanning several days.
Eighteen people were killed and eight others were injured during the explosions. Thousands had to flee the area.
Tuesday’s incident took place at about 2:30 pm, creating panic in the whole area. A senior police official confirmed the incident and said that there was fortunately no further damage done.
“There was an accidental explosion inside the camp, which left two porters of the Army injured,” the official said, adding that it was being ascertained whether the explosion took place anywhere near the ammunition depot or not.
The injured labourers have been identified as Jahangir Ahmad and Bilal Ahmad, both residents of Khundroo. The labourers work with the army as porters, at the camp.
They were immediately shifted to Anantnag district hospital from where they were shifted to Srinagar for specialised treatment.
A doctor at the hospital told Kashmir Reader that both injured persons were stable.
“They have been shifted so that the necessary tests and treatment is carried out in Srinagar,” the doctor said. Locals in Khundroo told Kashmir Reader that the two labourers were carrying out some shuttering work inside the camp when the incident took place.