In a mysterious accident at the school of Artillery at Devlali, 25-year-old Lt KM Tripathi died. The incident is being investigated, while his family in Allahabad comes to terms with the news of his death
In a freak accident that occurred on the firing range of the School of Artillery in Devlali, Lietenant K M Tripathi lost his life. Twenty five year-old Lt Tripathi who hails from Allahabad was part of a training gun firing session on Tuesday at around 11.30 am. He was one of the many young officers (YO) who were part of the 24-week course and was training to be an artillery officer.
spoke to Col A K Bhuyan, Col GS (SD) of the School of Artillery at Devlali who said, “Firing was going on for the YO’s course that commenced on July 28 at our ranges. In this firing session, Lt Tripathi was No 3 (number allotted according to the tasks a YO performs. No 1 is incharge of the gun). He was using a 105mm Indian Field Gun (IFG). The gun had already fired two rounds earlier and the third round was being fired by Lt Tripathi.”
“As he fired, the shell that was supposed to land in the impact area, at a distance of approximately 5 kms, landed at a distance of 5 to 10 metres. After getting out of the barrel, the shell, instead of landing at the impact area, burst there itself. One of the splinters, therefore, hit him on the right side of his chest and he was immediately taken to Military Hospital (MH). However, by the time he reached the hospital, he passed away,” continued Col Bhuyan.
When we asked him if the gun was defective, Col Bhuyan replied, “The gun was not defective. It had already fired two rounds earlier and in the third round too, the bullet had left the barrel. Besides, there is always a pre-firing inspection done by technicians from the electronics and mechanical engineering branch (EME), who checks the system for safety. There probably was a problem with the ammunition, which is why the shell burst. But at present, we can’t comment on the issue at all, as the investigation is on. The other YOs are alright and are firing today. The firing session is going on ”
“On September 23, in the evening, there will be a wreath laying ceremony to pay homage to the dead officer and after that, the body will be sent to Mumbai by flight. On the morning of September 24, the body will be sent to Allahabad.” added Col Bhuyan.
Vijay Mani Tripathi, father of Lt Tripathi, said, “I have not been able to go to Devlali. We are told that my son’s body will reach us in the morning on September 24. We are waiting for it. At this moment, I cannot say what went wrong and whom to blame.”
Ajay Mani Tripathi, the older brother of Lt Tripathi said, “We have been told that my brother died in an unfortunate accident. Right now, I can’t say whether it is true or not. I will find out only once I go there. We are not in a situation to speak. The atmosphere in my house is really very tense. My mother is unconscious at present.”
K M Tripathi
The 105mm Indian Field Gun which Lt K M Tripathi was using
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