As per report, RI Rout had gone to the foothills of Similipal after being informed that stone was being illegally mined in the area.
In 2021, a similar mishap happened at a stone quarry near Kukudakhandi, in close proximity to Mahurikalua Chowk, claiming three lives.
The residents said they were facing various issues, including environmental pollution and groundwater depletion due to the works at the existing quarries.
It was also alleged the quarry activity will deplete the groundwater level in the adjoining area leading to water scarcity.
“During an investigation, we found out that the girl went to school, paid fees, and left during the morning break claiming she was unwell.
There are allegations that explosives substances were used to blast rocks.
The quarry was among 12 mines that were imposed a fine of Rs 45 crore by the department in the district for offences on Friday.