Kurnool quarry mishap: Death toll of Odia labourers mounts to 5


Bhubaneswar: The death toll of Odia labourers in the deadly quarry blast in Kurnool on August 3 has gone up to five, after another labourer died today while undergoing treatment at a hospital in Visakhapatnam.

The deceased was identified as Pandab Lenka of Biti Nuagaon under Rambha police limits in Ganjam district.

Earlier, four Odia labourers from Ganjam district– Bhima Nahak of J.Radhagovindpur; Duryodhana Nahak and Manoranjan Nahak of Nuagaon; and Rajendra Nahak of Rambha, had died in the mishap.

On the other hand, another Odia labourer identified as Ramachandra Nahak is still undergoing treatment in Kurnool hospital.

According to reports, police have arrested five persons including the granite quarry leaseholder in this regard.

Notably, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had announced Rs 2 lakh ex-gratia for each of the family members of the deceased. Besides, the state government will also bear the treatment expenses of the Odia labourers injured in the mishap.

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