Six people dead after gelatin sticks explode in Chikkaballapur

Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar visits incident spot; assures action from the govt

Prime News, Karnataka, Chikkaballapur, February 23:- At least six persons are reported to have died when gelatin sticks exploded early on Tuesday (February 23) in a village bordering Chikkaballapur and Bengaluru.

The blast occurred in a stone quarry unit situated in Hirenagavalli village. Hirenagavalli is a small hamlet in Chikkaballapur taluk. It is located 86 km from tech hub Bengaluru.

According to the initial inputs, the explosion happened when they were trying to dispose of the gelatin sticks used for quarrying.

“This incident took place when mine owners were trying to dispose off gelatin sticks when they got a whiff that their mine might be raided once again to check whether they have stored any explosives illegally,” an investigation officer said as quoted by IANS.

The officer added that all those involved in this incident were non-experts in handling explosives, therefore the accident.

Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar, who is also the District in-charge Minister, visited the spot and told reporters that the state government would not succumb to any pressure and act sternly against all those responsible for this incident.

Reacting sharply, Mines and Geology Minister, Murugesh R Nirani said that the state government will conduct thorough inquiry into the incident.

This is the second such incident in Karnataka after the one that had occurred in Shivamogga district on January 21. (NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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