Karnataka: Six Killed in Explosion at Quarry Site, Second Incident in a Month
The incident took place at Hirenagavalli near Peresandra on Tuesday. Quarrying was stopped by the police on February 7 following complaints from the locals against the rampant use of gelatin sticks.
Chikkaballapur: Six people were killed when the gelatin sticks they were trying to dispose of exploded accidentally at a stone quarry site in a village here early on Tuesday, police said.
The incident comes close on the heels of a similar blast at a quarry site in the state’s chief minister B.S. Yediyurappa’s hometown of Shivamogga on January 22, which left six dead.
Karnataka health minister K. Sudhakar, who represents the Chikkaballapur constituency visited the spot and said the bodies of the victims were badly mutilated and scattered all over the place.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted his condolences to the families of the victims of the blast.
“Pained by the loss of lives due to a mishap at Chikkballapur in Karnataka. Condolences to the bereaved families. Praying that the injured recover quickly.”
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PTI/ TheWire.in, 23 February, 2021, https://thewire.in/government/karnataka-six-killed-in-explosion-at-quarry-site-second-incident-in-a-month