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20 injured in fire on board INS Magar

No damage to the Eastern Naval Command ship which has returned to the harbour Victims are from West Bengal, Haryana and BiharInjured persons admitted to Navy hospital INHS KalyaniA Board of Enquiry has been set up to go into the accident

VISAKHAPATNAM: In a fire onboard INS Magar, a warship of the Eastern Naval Command, off Visakhapatnam coast on Wednesday evening, three persons died and five were critically injured.

A Ministry of Defence press release here said on Thursday that there was no damage to the ship and it returned to the harbour in the evening.

The injured persons were admitted to INHS Kalyani, the Navy hospital, and were being given medical treatment. A Board of Enquiry has been ordered to look into the incident, says the brief release.

According to an FIR lodged with the harbour police station, the three persons who died in the fire were Sheetal Das of Musheerabad district in West Bengal, Bhisham Singh of Kaithal in Haryana and Ashok Kumar of Buxar in Bihar. The fire erupted 39 nautical miles off the coast around 4 p.m. while handling some ammunition.

While the five critically injured persons are undergoing treatment in the intensive care unit (ICU), 15 others who suffered minor injuries were being treated in other wards of INHS Kalyani.

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