*Not question of protecting culprits*
*Politicising the blast is unfair*
*No place for illegal activities in Chikkabalalpura; blast due to illegal storage and transportation of explosives*
*Bengaluru: The government has no intention to protect the culprits in Hirenagavalli blast incident. Several suspected have been ready arrested in this case including the owners of the company and CID investigation has been ordered, said Health and Family Welfare and Medical Education Minister Dr.K.Sudhakar.
Despite these, some people are trying give it political colour and indulging in character assassination. It is very unbecoming for those in responsible positions to try to fish in troubled waters, said Dr.Sudhakar condemning the statements of Congress leaders.
After the Shivamogga incident, I held three meetings with District Administration and instructed the officials to check illegal mining activities, supply, storage and usage of explosives through regular inspections at mining sites. As per the instructions, the officials were regularly visiting the mining sites to conduct inspection. Few days ago police had raided the Bharamaravarshini Crusher in which the incident has happened. Although it is a legal mining activity, the storage and usage of explosives were in violation of rules. So the offcials had filed a case and ordered to suspend the activities. Few days later, officials again visited the site for inspection and fearing further action the owners had instructed the workers to shift the explosives to a remote place. The unfortunate incident took place when the explosives were being shifted.
In the preliminary investigation the police came to know that the explosives were stored in a place about 1500 metres away from quary. After the raid the owners had instructed the workers to dispose it in the nearby forest. As per the statement of the driver who had survived this blast and experts who inspected the spot, the workers had lit a campfire and disposed the explosives nearby which has led this incident.
These are the actual facts and despite this it is unfortunate that the opposition is trying to politicise the incident. As soon as I came to know the incident I rushed to the site and also briefed the CM, Home Minister and Mining Minister. I also visited the homes of deceased to pay my condolences to the bereaved families. As per CM’s instructions, a compensation of Rs.5 lakh has been announced to the families of deceased. Why would the govt order CID investigation the intention was to protect culprits, Dr.Sudhakar asked.
Some people are trying to drag me into illegal mining issue. But these attempts will never succeed. There is no place for any illegal or unethical activities in Chikkaballapur. The circle inspector and sub-inspector have already been suspended. Mining minister has also assured action against officials in mining department, said the Minister.