Six dead after gelatin sticks explode in Chikkaballapur

Chikkaballapur, Feb 23 (IANS): At least six persons are reported to have died when gelatin sticks exploded early Tuesday 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 Chikballapur taluk in Chikballapur district. It is located 86 km from tech hub Bengaluru.

According to the initial inputs, the explosion happened when they were trying to dispose off 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 told IANS.

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

Karnataka Health Minister, who is also district incharge minister, K. Sudhakar 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, Karnataka Mines and Geology Minister, Murugesh R. Nirani said that the state government will conduct thorough inqury into the incident.

This is the second such incident in Karnataka after the one that had occurred in Shivamogga district on January 21.








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  • Rita, Germany

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    So sad .The expired people are not I am sure the big heads but poor workers.It is always the same poor ones get the burden, when others try to escape from their responsibility.why do they make these people who are not experienced with this ,nor knowledge of such explosives.?Make them pay to the families of expired.May their souls rest in peace .Heartfelt sympathy to the families

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  • Alan, mangalore/U.S.A

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    Mining going on illegally. nobody is bothered. Bellary effect

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  • Sgr, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    Land mafia, sand mafia, mines mafia are the rulers of the state and nation. Though Hunasodu incident is still fresh in the memory of the people of the state, this grave tragedy happened. Government has not taken any steps to avoid the mishaps. Either govt is sleeping or it is completely incapable to run the state. What a shame and lame state we are in!

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