Prime News, Karnataka, Shivamogga, January 22:-At least eight people were killed in a dynamite blast at a Railway crusher site in Hunasodu village, said Shivamogga District Collector KB Shivakumar on Friday.
The loud blast that occurred around 10.20 pm last night, resulted in mild tremors in and around Shivamogga.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Friday ordered a high-level probe into the cause of the blast at a crusher site in Hunasodu village of Shivamogga district.
Taking to Twitter, he said that strict action against the guilty will be taken.
“I express my deepest condolences to the family of the deceased. The injured are being treated and I wish them a speedy recovery,” Yediyurappa said.
He also informed that teams have been sent immediately for the necessary rescue operation. I am in contact with the senior officials since last night, he said.
Earlier in the day, police and officials inspected the site in Hunasodu village where the blast took place on Thursday evening. Shivamogga MP BY Raghavendra also visited the spot.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoling the death wrote “Pained by the loss of lives in Shivamogga. Condolences to the bereaved families. Praying that the injured recover soon. The State Government is providing all possible assistance to the affected: PM@narendramodi.
Congress MP Rahul Gandhi expressing his sorrow over the incident took Twitter and wrote “While it’s distressing to learn of the tragic loss of lives in the fire incident at Serum Institute, the news of another fire is extremely worrying. My condolences to the family of the deceased. I request the state govt to provide necessary help to the victims & their families.”
He asserted that such incidents call for an in-depth investigation so that similar tragedies can be avoided in the future.
The massive explosion took place near a gravel and boulder crushing facility around 10:30 pm on Thursday, sending shockwaves not only in Shivamogga but also in neighbouring Chikkamagaluru and Davangere districts.
-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)