Opposition alleges government patronage to illegal quarrying in Karnataka


The opposition parties on Tuesday held the BJP government in Karnataka responsible for the blast at a quarry site in Chikkaballapur district, which left six dead, saying it did not pay attention to safety aspects even after a similar recent incident. Congress state unit chief D K Shivakumar said, “The blast in Chikkaballapur which killed six people occurred due to the irresponsible government.”

Pointing out that the Chikkaballapur blast was the second such incident in the last one month, he sought to know how many innocent lives would the government sacrifice.

“At the time of the explosion in Shivamogga, I had stressed on a safe system for handling and transporting these explosives and strict adherence to the rules and regulations but this government, which is caught with its own internal problems could not pay attention.”

He also termed the statement on action against the guilty as ‘ridiculous.’

Former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah too came down heavily on the government, saying “the Chikkaballapur explosion within a month of the Shivamogga gelatin explosion is a testament to the state government’s inaction, irresponsibility and collusion in this illegality and corruption.”

“Dear Chief Minister, whom are you protecting? masses or the corrupt people?” the Congress stalwart asked and alleged that those who were killed in the blast did not die of explosives but maladministration of the CM.

JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy charged the government with encouraging illegal quarrying in the state, which led to this incident.

Kumaraswamy alleged that many ministers and MLAs were involved in the illegal quarrying in the state.

He demanded stringent action to curb illegal quarrying.

At least six people were killed and a few others were wounded in a remote village in Chikkaballapur while trying to dispose of explosives, which went off accidentally this morning.

Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has ordered a thorough investigation into the matter.

The incident comes close on the heels of a similar explosion in the Chief Minister’s hometown Shivamogga on January 22, killing six people.

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