GULBARGA: Three persons were killed and 13 suffered serious burn injuries in lightning strikes in Shahapur and Aland taluks in Gulbarga district on Friday night. Shivaprakash B. Patil (26), who was standing under a tree in Karkalli village in Shahapur taluk, was killed on the spot, while two women suffered injuries. Fourteen-year-old Shantappa Ramesh Okali was killed on the spot and two others suffered injuries at Ambalaga village in Aland taluk. Bhimashankar Akkalkot (45) was killed at Zalaki (B) village in Aland taluk. Two otherssuffered injuries. Police reports said that seven others suffered serious burn injuries when lightning struck the tree under which they were taking shelter at Varnal.

— Special Correspondent

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