Highlights:

  • Six died in Chikkaballapur in a suspected gelatin explosion. 
  • The tragic incident takes place after a month that resembles a similar mishap in the Shivamogga district.
  • Dr. Sudhakar while speaking to reporters stated that the quarry was storing gelatin sticks illegally.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa expressed grief.
  • CM Yediyurappa said a high-level investigation into the disaster is underway and strict action will be taken against those found guilty.

On Tuesday, at a quarry site in Chikkaballapur near Bengaluru, in a suspected gelatin explosion where at least six people have died. The site of the accident was visited by Health Minister and District-in-charge Minister, Dr. K Sudhakar. The tragic incident takes place after a month that resembles a similar mishap in Shivamogga district where six laborers died in a quarry site due to an accidental explosion of similar nature.

Dr. Sudhakar while speaking to reporters stated that the quarry was storing gelatin sticks illegally and in an irregular manner which was the cause of the explosion and two persons have already been arrested in the case. He said to reporters, “These are illegally held explosives. This will be dealt with law, strict action will be taken.”

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and Chief Minister, BS Yediyurappa expressed grief and offered condolences to the families of the deceased and assured strict action. Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said, “The death of six people near the village of Hirenagavalli in Chikkaballapur, which killed six people, is a shock. The information has been obtained from the District Ministers and senior officials, who have been instructed to conduct a thorough investigation and take stern action against the guilty.”

The Karnataka Chief Minister added that he prays that God grants peace to the souls of the deceased and grants power to their families to end the grief. He further mentioned that a high-level investigation into the disaster is underway and strict action will be taken against those found guilty. Similarly, the office of the Prime Minister said, “Pained by the loss of lives due to a mishap at Chikkaballapur in Karnataka. Condolences to the bereaved families. Praying that the injured recover quickly.”

In the Shivamogga disaster, a lorry carrying explosives inadvertently exploded killing all five on top of the vehicle. After the incident, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa ordered a drive to check on illegal quarrying and mining setups in the State. 

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