Updated: Fri, 07 Oct 2022 03:55 PM IST
Two Indian Army personnel including a JCO lost their lives on Friday, October 7 after a barrel of the tank exploded during a field exercise, Indian Army officials said. The barrel burst happened in a T90 tank in Babina Cantonment near Jhansi.
Apart from the other two, another army personnel was seriously injured in the Jhansi tank accident.
"During annual firing at Babina Field Firing Ranges on 6 Oct, a tank barrel burst took place. The tank was manned by 3 personnel. Commander & Gunner succumbed to burn injuries. The driver is out of danger&under treatment. The incident is under further investigation, said an Indian Army statement.
During annual firing at Babina Field Firing Ranges on 6 Oct, a tank barrel burst took place. Tank was manned by 3 personnel. Commander & Gunner succumbed to burn injuries. Driver is out of danger&under treatment. The incident is under further investigation: Indian Army statement pic.twitter.com/tTeRO6tSdV— ANI (@ANI) October 7, 2022
"The crew was provided immediate medical aid and evacuated to Military Hospital Babina. The Commander and the Gunner unfortunately succumbed to burn injuries. The Driver is out of danger and under treatment," it said.
"The incident is under further investigation. The Indian Army expresses deep condolences to the bereaved families of the soldiers who lost their lives in the accident."
Meanwhile, according to the Northeast Now report, the deceased Army men have been identified as Sumer Singh from Bagaria in Rajasthan and Sukanta Mondal from West Bengal. While the one injured has been identified as Pradeep Singh Yadav from Uttar Pradesh’s Khalilabad.
Meanwhile, this is not the first time that a barrel of a T-90 tank has exploded, in January 2019, a soldier was killed when the barrel of a T-90 tank burst during routine field firing training in the Mahajan ranges in Rajasthan's Pokhran.
Also, earlier in 2019, the barrel of a T-90 battle tank exploded in Jaisalmer's Pokhran field firing range during a tank firing practice session. In that explosion, no lives were taken, however, the reason behind the explosion was also not revealed.