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Shivamogga Blast LIVE Updates: 5 Quarry Workers Charred to Death, Confirms Karnataka CM

Karnataka's Shimoga Blast LIVE Updates: Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa confirmed that five quarry workers were charred to death in the huge dynamite blast that took place late on Thursday. It is yet not confirmed if these five bodies are in addition to the initially reported figure of six or if only five have died in the incident. The CM also announced Rs 5 lakh as compensation for the kin of the deceased. Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai said that police have already arrested the quarry owner and the dynamite supplier.

News18.com | January 22, 2021, 18:40 IST
Karnataka's Shimoga Blast LIVE Updates: Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa confirmed that five quarry workers were charred to death in the huge dynamite blast that took place late on Thursday. It is yet not confirmed if these five bodies are in addition to the initially reported figure of six or if only five have died in the incident. The CM also announced Rs 5 lakh as compensation for the kin of the deceased. Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai said that police have already arrested the quarry owner and the dynamite supplier.

"At outset it seems lot of quantity of dynamite has exploded there and there's been some negligence by the quarry owner and the operators," he added. Earlier today, Murugesh Rudrappa Nirani, who became the mining minister a day ago, said that labourers from Bihar were among the six killed. The exact death toll is yet not clear. While several ministers have said six, nine more bodies are said to have been recovered.
Jan 22, 2021 18:40 (IST)

Nitish Condoles Death of Bihari Workers | Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar mourned the death of workers hailing from the state who were killed in an explosion in Shivamogga district of Karnataka. In his message, the chief minister condoled the deaths and also directed the Resident Commissioner at New Delhi to coordinate with the government of the southern state and make arrangements for the treatment of those who have sustained injuries.

Jan 22, 2021 17:38 (IST)

Karnataka Leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah appealed to Yediyurappa to order an impartial inquiry and ensure punishment to the guilty. "Very pained to know about the death of labourers in Shivamogga due to explosion on a truck carrying gelatin. My deepest condolences to the family members of the victims," he tweeted.

Jan 22, 2021 17:31 (IST)

President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted that the news about loss of lives in the explosion was unfortunate and tragic. "My thoughts and prayers are with the victims' families and loved ones during this difficult hour. I wish speedy recovery to the injured," he said.

Jan 22, 2021 17:11 (IST)
Jan 22, 2021 15:36 (IST)

Jolt Initially Mistaken for Earthquake | So strong was the blast that window panes were shattered while many houses and even roads developed cracks, said an eye-witnesses. As the jolt was mistaken to have been caused by an earthquake, geologists were contacted, who ruled out recording tremors in any of their observatories.

Jan 22, 2021 15:13 (IST)

The police have confirmed of five deaths so far in the Shivamogga stone quarry blast. All the five people died on the spot at the crusher sites, the police said, adding that the bodies are kept in Mcgann hospital, Bengaluru. "Two vehicles - Bolero and Tata luggage vehicle are carrying gelatines for stone quarry site from Shivamogga.  Both vehicles are seen torn in to pieces," the police said.

Jan 22, 2021 14:43 (IST)

BSY Announces Rs 5 Lakh Compensation | Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for each of the victims who lost their lives in the explosion at a quarry in Shivamogga.

Jan 22, 2021 14:01 (IST)

The explosion took place in Abbalagere village located along the Shivamogga-Hanagal state highway, which passes through Savalunga and Shikaripura. Shikaripura, 290 km from Bengaluru, is the home constituency of Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa. According to the police, no one was able to reach the site of explosion.

Jan 22, 2021 13:32 (IST)

5 Bodies Recovered from Shimoga Blast Site | The police have recovered five bodies from the site of explosion in Shivamogga, Karnataka.

Jan 22, 2021 13:22 (IST)

Shivamogga Explosion | Two people have been detained and a high-level investigation ordered into the explosion in Shivamogga district which left at least six dead, police said today. The detained included a contractor of a stone crushing facility where the blast occured when a truckload of gelatin sticks went off, police added.

Jan 22, 2021 12:45 (IST)

The sound of the blast, which was initially thought to be an earthquake, was heard in neighbouring Davangere, Chikkamagaluru and Uttara Kannada districts. In Shivamogga, the effect was severe as some houses developed cracks, roof tiles and window panes shattered into pieces. The vehicle was badly mangled and the bodies of the victims were dismembered beyond recognition.

Jan 22, 2021 12:29 (IST)

Death Toll Likely to Increase | The authorities have not ruled out the possibility of the death toll increasing. "There are rumours that at least 10 to 15 people have died. Let the police complete their investigation," Shivamogga Deputy Commissioner K B Shivakumar said this morning.

Jan 22, 2021 11:39 (IST)

Quarry Owner, Dynamite Supplier Arrested over Shivamogga Blast, Says Karnataka Home Minister | Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai said that prima facie it seems a lot of dynamite exploded at the spot of the accident. "There's been some negligence by the quarry owner and the operators. Police have already arrested the quarry owner and the dynamite supplier. Probe is on," he said.

Jan 22, 2021 11:25 (IST)

RECAP | At least six people were killed after a truckload of explosives, suspected to be meant for mining, exploded in Karnataka's Shivamogga district last night, police said.

Jan 22, 2021 11:05 (IST)

Police personnel at the site of the dynamite blast in Shivamogga, Karnataka during investigation:

Jan 22, 2021 10:47 (IST)

Rahul Gandhi Calls for 'In-depth' Probe into Shivamogga Blast | Calling for an "in-depth investigation" into the tragic accident, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said that the news of the blast at a stone mining quarry in Karnataka is "tragic". Condolences to the families of the victims," Gandhi tweeted. "Such incidents call for in-depth investigation so that similar tragedies can be avoided in the future," the former Congress chief said.

Jan 22, 2021 10:07 (IST)

Former Karnataka Chief Minister and Congress stalwart Siddaramaiah conveyed his condolences to the family members of the deceased:

Jan 22, 2021 10:03 (IST)

In a series of tweets, Karnataka Minister for Mines and Geology Murugesh Rudrappa Nirani, revealed that among the 15 killed in the blast were labourers from Bihar. "It is suspected that gelatin sticks in a truck near the stone quarry exploded, killing the labourers from Bihar. I am saddened by the tragic incident at a stone quarry near Abbalagere in Shivamogga. My deepest condolences to the families of the victims and pray for speedy recovery of the injured. The government will take strict action against illegal stone quarrying," he said in his tweet.

Jan 22, 2021 09:35 (IST)

Quarry Details | Based on reports, the quarry unit is found to be 'SS Stone Crusher', which spans over 21 acres and is owned by ST Kulkarni. Stone crushing was reportedly being carried out in five acres of this plot, for which licence was taken in April 2019 and is valid till 2024. The crushing unit was licensed under Sudhakar's name. Meanwhile, the police have taken into custody two people -- Sudhakar and Avinash Kulkarni, the son of ST Kulkarni -- for questioning.

Jan 22, 2021 09:30 (IST)

Meanwhile, BY Raghavendra, the Shimoga MP and the son of Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, visits the site of the dynamite blast that has left 15 dead.

Jan 22, 2021 09:17 (IST)

Kumaraswamy Demands Strict Action against Culprits | Former Chief Minister of Karnataka and JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy, too, urged the government for inquiry and demanded strict action against those involved in the incident. "The tragic death of many workers in the Kalukwari village of Abbasagere in Shimoga has killed many workers. May the soul of the dead find peace. The state government should investigate the blast at the quarry quarry. Strict action must be taken on the lives of poor workers and those responsible for this disaster. Care should be taken not to recur during such days."

Jan 22, 2021 09:03 (IST)

Karnataka CM BSY Orders High-level Probe into Shimoga Blast | Shocked over the reports of the massive dynamite blast in Shimoga, the hometown of the Karnataka Chief Minister, B S Yediyurappa, in a tweet in Kannada, says that he is in touch with senior officials since late night and teams have already been dispatched to the required rescue operation. "I wish to express my deepest condolences to the family of the deceased. The wounded are being treated and I wish them all a speedy recovery. A high-level investigation into the misdemeanor has been ordered and strict action against the guilty is certain," he said.

Jan 22, 2021 08:57 (IST)

Initially the people, who were about to go to bed, thought that it was an earthquake and started rushing out of their homes. The 11 pm data from the local seismological observatories around the area, however, did not record any seismic activity or tremors (these are usually recorded at a depth of 15 to 20 kms below the earth's surface).

Jan 22, 2021 08:45 (IST)

Shimoga happens to be the home town of Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa and he has been informed about the tragedy. Illegal quarrying is common in this region. Condoling the deaths, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the state government is providing assistance to the affected. "Pained by the loss of lives in Shivamogga. Condolences to the bereaved families. Praying that the injured recover soon. The State Government is providing all possible assistance to the affected." he tweeted.

Jan 22, 2021 08:43 (IST)

Lorry Carrying Dynamites Destroyed | Some claim that about 50 dynamites exploded one after the another, killing at least 15 people on the spot. The lorry that was carrying was destroyed completely. Ashok Naik, Shimoga Rural MLA, told mediapersons that he too had heard the sound and the tragic incident had taken place in his constituency. "There is a thick smoke everywhere. Can't see anything. At least 15 people have died. It could be more. I can't confirm anything right now," he said.

Jan 22, 2021 08:41 (IST)

15 Killed in Shimoga Dynamite Blast, Triggers Panic | In a tragic incident, at least 15 people were killed in a major dynamite blast near Shimoga city in central Karnataka late on Thursday. According to reports, a lorry carrying gelatines and a huge quantity of dynamites exploded near a stone quarry around 10:30 pm. Tremors were felt and a loud sound was heard across the hilly Shimoga, parts of Chikmagalur and Uttara Kannada districts, triggering panic. Officials at the local Natural Disasters Monitoring Centre said the impact of the blast may have led to tremors as it happened at a shallow depth.

Shivamogga Blast LIVE Updates: 5 Quarry Workers Charred to Death, Confirms Karnataka CM
Police personnel inspect the site of the dynamite blast in Shivamogga, Karnataka.

"It is suspected that gelatin sticks in a truck near the stone quarry exploded, killing the labourers from Bihar," Nirani tweeted. At least six people were killed in a major dynamite blast near Shimoga city in central Karnataka late on Thursday when a lorry carrying gelatines and a huge quantity of dynamites exploded near a stone quarry around 10:30 pm.

Tremors were felt and a loud sound was heard across the hilly Shimoga, parts of Chikmagalur and Uttara Kannada districts, triggering panic. Officials at the local Natural Disasters Monitoring Centre said the impact of the blast may have led to tremors as it happened at a shallow depth.

Initially the people, who were about to go to bed, thought that it was an earthquake and started rushing out of their homes. The 11 pm data from the local seismological observatories around the area, however, did not record any seismic activity or tremors (these are usually recorded at a depth of 15 to 20 kms below the earth's surface).

After some time the district administration came to know that it was a huge blast of the explosives used for quarrying. Some claim that about 50 dynamites exploded one after the another, killing at least 15 people on the spot. The lorry that was carrying was destroyed completely.

Ashok Naik, Shimoga Rural MLA, told mediapersons that he too had heard the sound and the tragic incident had taken place in his constituency.

"There is a thick smoke everywhere. Can't see anything. At least 15 people have died. It could be more. I can't confirm anything right now," he said.

While pictures of bodies strewn around did emerge from the site as local first-responders shared them, police said, it would take time for a detailed probe and assessment.

The officials have rushed to the accident site. But fearing more blasts, they are moving cautiously, say the locals.

According to some sources, the quarrying was happening for the railway work. However, no clarity yet on what caused this huge blast.

Shimoga happens to be the home town of Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa and he has been informed about the tragedy. Illegal quarrying is common in this region.

Condoling the deaths, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the state government is providing assistance to the affected. "Pained by the loss of lives in Shivamogga. Condolences to the bereaved families. Praying that the injured recover soon. The State Government is providing all possible assistance to the affected." he tweeted.

(With inputs from Deepa Balakrishnan, DP Satish in Bengaluru)

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