PWD and District In-charge Minister Dr H C Mahadevappa, MP Pratap Simha and other elected representatives visited the place where a 14-year-old boy suffered burn injuries after he stepped into a ‘mysterious’ empty plot.
The incident occurred on Sunday at an agriculture field at Shadanahalli in the city. The deceased has been identified as Harshal, who breathed last at the KR Hospital where he was admitted for treatment. The incident occurred when Harshal and his friend Manoj stepped in to an empty plot to attend nature’s call. But as soon as they stepped into the plot, both suffered serious injuries and were rushed to the hospital. Harshal succumbed to severe injuries. Following the incident, a few geologists, tahshildar, members from Pollution Control Board rushed to the spot and found that the fire continued to blaze from the spot in a mysterious way. Geologists took sand and sent samples from the place for lab tests.
Localites, who were present at the spot, blamed that empty plot owned by Bore Gowda, was used by a few industries to dump chemicals illegally. Sources alleged that primary reports stated that chemicals had turned the soil highly inflammable which caused burns. As the news spread like a wildfire, Deputy Commissioner D Randeep imposed section 144 in the region and ordered the villagers not to step in to the plot.
On Monday morning, Mahadevappa along with MLA Vasu inspected the place and gathered information about the incident from the officials. Simha too visited the spot. Speaking to reporters, he said, “The main reason behind the incident can be ascertained only after the lab reports are verified. A proper inspection can be conducted only after the officials go through the report. I will try my best to get compensation for the family of the victim.” – KK