Not less than six individuals have been killed after an explosion occurred in Karnataka’s Chikkaballapur early on Tuesday. In accordance with the police, the incident occurred when the gelatin sticks they have been making an attempt to eliminate exploded unintentionally at a stone quarry web site in a village. The incident comes shut on the heels of the same blast at a quarry web site in Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa’s hometown of Shivamogga on January 22, which left six lifeless.
Karnataka Well being Minister Ok Sudhakar, who represents the Chikkaballapur constituency visited the spot and mentioned the our bodies of the victims have been badly mutilated and scattered all over.
In accordance with police, the incident befell at Hirenagavalli close to Peresandra.
Quarrying was stopped by the police on February 7 following complaints from the locals towards the rampant use of gelatin sticks. But, it continued clandestinely following which one other raid was carried out a couple of days in the past and the contractor was warned to not use gelatin anymore.
The boys working there went to eliminate the explosives within the wee hours of Tuesday when it went off unintentionally.
In the meantime, Sudhakar mentioned stringent motion could be taken towards the homeowners of the mines, who had saved the explosives illegally. He added that police investigations are on into the matter.
Taking to Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi too has expressed grief over the incident.
“Pained by the lack of lives on account of a mishap at Chikkaballapur in Karnataka. Condolences to the bereaved households. Praying that the injured recuperate shortly,” the Prime Minister’s Workplace (PMO) wrote on Twitter.