The Opposition in Karnataka on Monday staged a walkout of the Assembly after the Leader of the House and Congress’ Siddaramaiah demanded an investigation into the illegal stone quarrying carried out in Shivamogga district, reported The Hindu.
At least eight workers died on the night of January 21 in a dynamite blast at a railway crusher site. The massive explosion took place near a gravel and boulder crushing facility in Hunasodu village. The victims were reportedly transporting explosives used in mining when the incident occurred. The vehicle was badly mangled and bodies of the workers were dismembered beyond recognition.
The Karnataka government had ordered a high-level investigation into the incident, and Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa had said that illegal mining will be tackled in the state.
On Monday, Siddaramaiah raised the matter under the House Rule 69 in the Assembly, demanding a complete stop of all illegal mining in Karnataka. He noted that over 2,000 illegal…