New Delhi, Feb. 23 -- : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday expressed condolences over the loss of lives in the Chikkaballapur quarry blast in which six people were killed.

"Pained by the loss of lives due to a mishap at Chikkaballapur in Karnataka. Condolences to the bereaved families. Praying that the injured recover quickly," tweets PM Modi.

Meanwhile, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has instructed senior officials to conduct a thorough investigation and take stern action against the culprits.

"The death of 6 people near Hirenagavalli village, Chikkaballapur, due to a gelatin blast is shocking. District incharge minister and senior officials instructed to conduct a thorough probe and take stern action against the culprits,...