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Karnataka: At least 6 died in a gelatin stick blast in Chikkaballapur

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Chikkaballapur: At least six quarry workers were killed on Tuesday after a bunch of gelatin sticks exploded at Hirenagaveli village, Chikkaballapur district of Karnataka. Two people have been arrested in connection with the incident.

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As per the reports, the horrific incident happened when gelatin sticks or stone-blasting material were being transported in a vehicle. A case has been registered in Peresandra police station and police are investigating. An FSL team has also been deployed at the spot.

As per eye witnesses, the blast was so powerful that it completely damaged the vehicle and charred the dead bodies to an unrecognisable state.

State Health Minister K. Sudhakar, who is also in charge of the district, visited the spot and said, “These are illegally held explosives, we will take action against those responsible for the incident. Police are investigating the incident.” “I have briefed about the incident to Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa and police have arrested two people regarding this case,” he added.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed his condolences, saying, “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,” a tweet on PMO handle read.

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Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has reportedly spoken to the officials and minister Sudhakar and directed officials to conduct an enquiry on the incident.

A month before on January 22, a similar incident had took six people’s life after a explosive laden truck exploded near Hunsodu, in Shivamogga district. Following the incident, the quarry owner and a person who reportedly supplied dynamite to him were arrested by the police.

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