At least six people were killed in an explosion at a stone quarry site in a village in Chikkaballapur district of Karnataka early on Tuesday, police said.
The incident comes close on the heels of a similar blast at a quarry site in Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa’s hometown of Shivamogga on January 22, which left six dead.
Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar, who represents the Chikkaballapur constituency visited the spot and said the bodies of the six people who died in the incident were badly mutilated.
According to police, the incident took place at Hirenagavalli near Peresandra when the gelatin sticks they were trying to dispose of exploded accidentally.
Quarrying was stopped by the police on February 7 following complaints from the locals against the rampant use of gelatin sticks. Yet, it continued, and another raid was carried out a few days ago and the contractor was warned not to use gelatin anymore.
Meanwhile, Sudhakar said stringent action would be taken against the owners of the mines, who had stored the explosives illegally.
He added that police investigations are on into the matter.