4 labourers from Assam and one from Tripura had been feared trapped after a dynamite blast led to the flooding of a coal mine in East Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya, a senior police officer mentioned. Silchar Superintendent of Police in Assam had despatched details about the doable trapping of six miners from Assam within the mine accident on Sunday.
“The mine has been recognized at Sutnga inside, beneath Umpleng Anti-Dacoity camp and search operations are on,” Meghalaya Police posted on Twitter.
Hazardous rat-hole coal mining isn’t permitted in Meghalaya after the Nationwide Inexperienced Tribunal (NGT) banned it in 2014.
“The district police had been in a position to determine the possible location of the spot at round 0600 hrs on Could 31.
The delay in identification of the possible web site was on account of inclement climate, poor night time gentle situation, and non-availability of any eye-witness account,” the East Jaintia Hills district SP Jagpal Dhanoa mentioned in a press release.
Increased authorities have been apprised of the matter and a search and rescue operation has been launched.
Whereas the operation was on beneath the supervision of IGP (regulation and order), six individuals gave an account of the occasions that occurred at 5 pm on Sunday, the SP mentioned.
As per the eye-witness(es) account, because of the sudden explosion of dynamite, 5 individuals bought trapped within the sudden rush of water into the mine, Dhanoa mentioned.
The mine was inundated inside minutes, they mentioned.
One particular person has been detained for questioning, the SP mentioned.
Because the man has examined COVID-19 constructive, he has been stored at an isolation centre at Khliehriat, the SP mentioned.
Of the 5 individuals who went lacking after the accident, three have been recognized.
They’re Abdul Kari and Abdul Kalam from Assam and Shyamcharan Debbarma from Tripura, the assertion mentioned.
The 2 unidentified miners are from Silchar in Assam.
“The primary perpetrator as per eye-witnesses is ‘Sordar’ (supervisor) of the mine who did nothing to rescue the trapped labourers and chased the survivors away. An investigation is on and no stone is being left unturned to arrest him”, the assertion mentioned.
Based mostly on the account of the survivors, an FIR was registered at Khliehriat (dstrict headquarters) police station, the SP mentioned.
In the meantime, state Catastrophe Administration Minister and native MLA Shylla mentioned he was undecided if unlawful mining was happening.
Catastrophe administration groups of the police and hearth departments, in addition to service personnel of the State Catastrophe Response Pressure (SDRF), have been despatched to the world, the minister mentioned.
“Because the coal mine recognized by the Silchar SP is flooded, we have now taken all required measures to make sure that the miners are alive,” Shylla mentioned.
The NGT ban on mining in Meghalaya got here after a petition by Assams All Dimasa College students Union and the Dima Hasao District Committee had complained that on account of rat-hole mining within the Jaintia Hills, the water within the Kopili river had turned acidic.
Within the rat-hole mining course of, a deep vertical shaft is dug until coal seams are discovered. As soon as the seams are discovered, coal is taken out by means of small holes alongside the horizontal line of the coal seams.
At the least 15 miners had been trapped in a coal mine within the Ksan space of East Jaintia Hills on 13 December 2018. Whereas 5 of them managed to flee, rescue efforts for the remaining 10 had continued until 2 March 2019.
In January, six labourers died after a crane collapsed into the pit of a coal mine in the identical district.
(With PTI inputs)