Shivmogga blast site high-level investigation ordered by CM Yediyurappa
The high-level investigation of the blast at a railway crusher site in Shivamogga district`s Hunasodu village has been ordered by the Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa on Friday. In the incident, at least 8 people are expected to be dead.
“It’s shocking and unfortunate news that many people have died in a massive disaster that occurred last night near the tornado of Shivamogga. I’m in contact with senior officials since late-night, teams have already been dispatched to the required rescue operation,” Yediyurappa said in a tweet in Kannada.
“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,” the chief minister added.
Police and officials were seen inspecting the blast site in Hunasodu village this morning. Shivamogga lawmaker BY Raghavendra was also present at the spot.
“A loud sound was heard which was accompanied by a vibration near Hunasodu village in Shivamogga district. There was an explosion due to dynamite or explosive material. An investigation is on. A bomb squad is coming from Bengaluru and another team from Mangaluru,” Raghavendra told ANI.
Shivamogga district collector KB Shivakumar said, “it was initially observed that there were explosives in a vehicle parked at the site. It’s being probed why they were brought here. Till now we recovered two bodies. It’s being circulated in public that 10-15 [people] died. But it’s not substantiated by any facts,” he was quoted according to ANI.
“As per our preliminary information, since the incident occurred at night there was no worker working here. So, all the people who worked here regularly are safe. We have confirmed it. We are trying to trace the people who were accompanying the vehicle,” he added.
Shivakumar told that police has started the investigation and the bomb detection squad was also asked to reach the spot.
“There has been a blast in a truck carrying gelatin. The vibrations were felt locally,” a police official told PTI on Thursday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi consoled the death of the blast victims. “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,” his office said in a tweet.