6 Assam workers trapped in Meghalaya coal mine; Rescue ops pressed

Silchar, May 31 : In yet another tragic incident, six persons from Assam are trapped in a coal mine in East Jaintia Hills District of Meghalaya. Meghalaya police took to Twitter to inform the public of the situation.

As per sources, the bodies of all the six labourers are around 500 feet under the surface and search operation is on. The mine has been identified at Sutunga interior, under umplemg AD camp and search operations are on.

Speaking to BVU exclusively, Superintendent of Cachar, Nimbalkar Vaibhav Chandrakant said, “We have received information about few labourers believed to be from Assam were trapped in a coal mine. We have shared the information with our neighbouring state Superintendent of Police from East Jaintia Hills. A police team from East Jaintia Hills is trying to contact the owner of the coal mine site and also the ‘Sardar’.”

“We have requested the East Jaintia Hills SP to update us on the matter. If any labourers from Assam are trapped, we will be informed immediately, this was assured from our neighbouring state SP,” added SP Cachar.

Meanwhile, a rescue party from Shillong city in Meghalaya has been dispatched for assistance to the local administration. SP of Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills and IG (L&O) are at the suspected spot, Meghalaya police said.

The information was first put out on twitter by an user saying “SOS around 5/7 labours of Assam, one my neighbor working in Meghalaya died in coal accident. Administration not taking any proper action to recover the bodies since 2 days. Bodies are around 500 foot under the surface”.

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