In what could be called a disastrous end, at least 12 poor workers lost their lives, due to a landmine blast in a quarry, at Attivelaga village of Aler mandal in Kurnool district. The sudden blasting in the quarry shook the houses nearby, like in an earthquake. Chandrababu expressed shock at the incident. An ex-gratia of Rs. 5 lakh each was announced to the families of the deceased workers, who are from other states. They had come to the village in search of work and are now dead. The local political leader, Srinivas Chowdary, is the owner of the quarry and at present is at large.