FIve miners trapped in Meghalaya coal mine
Once the seams are found, coal is taken out through small holes along the horizontal line of the coal seams.At least 15 miners were trapped in a coal mine in the Ksan area of East Jaintia Hills on 13 December 2018.
''The district police were able to identify the probable location of the spot at around 0600 hrs on May 31.
The delay in identification of the probable site was due to inclement weather, poor night light condition, and non- availability of any eye-witness account,'' the East Jaintia Hills district SP Jagpal Dhanoa said in a statement.
Higher authorities have been apprised of the matter and a search and rescue operation has been launched.
While the operation was on under the supervision of IGP (law and order), six persons gave an account of the events that happened at 5 pm on Sunday, the SP said.
As per the eye-witness(es) account, due to the sudden explosion of dynamite, five persons got trapped in the sudden rush of water into the mine, Dhanoa said.
The mine was inundated within minutes, they said.
One person has been detained for questioning, the SP said.
Since the man has tested COVID-19 positive, he has been kept at an isolation centre at Khliehriat, the SP said.
Of the five persons who went missing after the accident, three have been identified.
The two unidentified miners are from Silchar in Assam.
''The main culprit as per eye-witnesses is 'Sordar' (manager) of the mine who did nothing to rescue the trapped labourers and chased the survivors away. Investigation is on and no stone is being left unturned to arrest him'', the statement said.
Based on the account of the survivors, an FIR was registered at Khliehriat (dstrict headquarters) police station, the SP said.
Meanwhile, state Disaster Management Minister and local MLA Shylla said he was not sure if illegal mining was going on.
Disaster management teams of the police and fire departments, besides service personnel of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), have been sent to the area, the minister said.
The NGT ban on mining in Meghalaya came after a petition by Assams All Dimasa Students Union and the Dima Hasao District Committee had complained that due to rat-hole mining in the Jaintia Hills, the water in the Kopili river had turned acidic.
In the rat-hole mining process, a deep vertical shaft is dug till coal seams are found. Once the seams are found, coal is taken out through small holes along the horizontal line of the coal seams.
At least 15 miners were trapped in a coal mine in the Ksan area of East Jaintia Hills on 13 December 2018. While five of them managed to escape, rescue efforts for the remaining 10 had continued till 2 March 2019.
In January, six labourers died after a crane collapsed into the pit of a coal mine in the same district.
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