SHIVAMOGGA / BENGALURU: Three people were arrested and a high-level investigation was ordered into the blast that killed at least six men in Hunasodu village of Shivamogga district late Thursday night.
While three of the dead are migrant workers from the AP, two are from Bhadravathi to Shivamogga, officials said.
CM BS Yediyurappa said strict measures will be taken against the perpetrators. He announced $ 5 in compensation for the relatives of the deceased.
Interior Minister Basavaraj Bommai said police have arrested three people, including the quarry owner and a supplier of the gelatin stick, and are questioning them to confirm the type of explosives used in the quarry and their shipment.
Probe to focus on explosive deliveries
Minister of Ining and Geology Mur- Mgesh Nirani after inspecting the site of the blast said five bodies had been found. He said it was not clear whether the explosive found at the site was gelatin or any other material, but added that a large amount of explosives had been sent to the site. The minerals are being mined illegally in the state and were verifying whether the quarry was operating illegally, he said, adding that the investigation will focus on sending explosives to the country.
Authorities are gathering evidence to find out what led to the explosion of the parked truck loaded with explosives. Locals said this happened when the cargo was being unloaded from the truck. The blast caused damage to buildings and civilian infrastructure in Shivamogga. Some houses developed cracks and roof tiles and shattered window panes. Manoj Rajan, director of the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Center, said there were no earthquakes or tremors in the area.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote on Twitter that the state government is providing all possible assistance to those affected. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also offered condolences to the families of the victims.
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