Six people were killed in a dynamite explosion in Chikkaballapur district, 60 km from Karnataka capital Bengaluru. The accident is believed to have occurred on Tuesday morning when seven people were trying to dispose of illegal explosives. Explain that this is the second blast in Karnataka in the last one month. On January 22, eight people were killed in a dynamite blast at Hanasodu village in Shivamoga district, which replaced a railway crusher.
Inspector General of Police (Central Range) M. Chandrasekhar said that preliminary investigations suggest that some people had tried to dispose of the illegal explosives and then suddenly got blasted. Disposal and forensic team have arrived from Bengaluru. More information about this will be available when the investigation is complete. At the same time, the driver of the ambulance who took the injured to the hospital told that we received a phone call at about 1:20. We reached the site of the incident at 1:40 am. We were initially told about the accident, but when we reached there, we came to know about the blast and there were five people there.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also expressed grief over this incident in Karnataka. PM Modi tweeted that I am deeply saddened by the loss of lives in the accident in Chikkaballapur, Karnataka. Condolences to his family. I pray for the quick recovery of the injured.
Karnataka Health Minister D. Sudhakar said that the explosive was from the Brahma Varshini mine. He said, “It is a legally recognized mine. But on February 7, the explosive was shut down due to lack of proper handling and no engineer on site. The owner must have asked the employees to take it to the forest of Gudubande, two kilometers away. ”He further added that the explosives were transported through a mini truck and two bikes. Seven people came here. When I was talking to the bomb disposal team, they told that the signal from the mobile phone could also explode. But they are investigating further.
According to the minister, two of them were from Karnataka, three from Andhra Pradesh and one from Nepal. Police have identified the three owners of the mine and legal action has begun. At the same time, another state minister Murugesh Nirani said that six people were killed and one was injured in the mine blast. The incident occurred due to large quantities of explosives. Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai has visited the spot.
Saddened by the death of 5 people in the blast at Hirenagavalli in Chikkaballapur. Unfortunate that such an incident took place after Shivamogga blast. The government will conduct an investigation & take action against those involved: Karnataka Mines & Geology Min Murugesh Nirani – ANI (@ANI) February 23, 2021