Congress President Rahul Gandhi.(File Photo: IANS)I. Image Source: IANS News

New Delhi, Jan 22 : Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Friday condoled with the families of the victims of the Karnataka mining quarry blast and demanded an in-depth investigation into the incident.

"The news of blast at stone mining quarry in Karnataka is tragic. Condolences to the families of the victims. Such incidents call for in-depth investigation so that similar tragedies can be avoided in the future," the Congress MP from Kerala's Wayanad said in a tweet.

His remarks came after ten people were reportedly killed in the explosion.

Late on Thursday night, a loud sound of explosion was heard in Shivamogga, suspected to be caused by explosive materials kept on a stone crushing site, the police said, adding at least 10 people have been reportedly killed.

This incident took place in the Abbalagere village located along the Shivamogga-Hanagal state highway, which passes through Savalunga and Shikaripura.

Shikaripura, 290 km from Bengaluru, is the home constituency of Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa.

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