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Key accused in Chikkaballapura quarry blast arrested

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Bengaluru, Feb 26 (PTI) G S Nagaraja, one of the partners of the quarry and the prime accused in the Chikkaballapura quarry blast case has been arrested, police said.

Nagaraja, also a local BJP leader from Gudibande, who had been absconding since the blast was held on Thursday, police sources said.

Police have also picked up another person named Ganesh, who hails from Tamil Nadu and is said to be the person who regularly carried out blasting for the crusher unit, for investigation.

Six people were killed when the gelatin sticks they were trying to hide exploded accidentally at a stone quarry site at a village in Chikkaballapura district, early on Tuesday.

The incident was close on the heels of a similar blast at a quarry site in Shivamogga on January 22, which left six dead.

Police on Wednesday had announced the arrest of other three partners of the quarry-Raghavendra Reddy, Venkatashiva Reddy, Madhusudan Reddy- and employees Praveen and Mohammed Riyaz Ansari (driver), in connection with the case.

Gudibande Police Station Circle Inspector Manjunath and Sub-Inspector Gopal Reddy have been kept under suspension pending enquiry, on charges of dereliction of duty.

Police had raided the quarry and crusher unit on February 7 for illegally procuring and storing explosives, but had failed to do a thorough follow-up, and arrest the accused in the case, which if done could have prevented the explosion, officials said.PTI KSU SS PTI PTI