Govt seeks details of miners death from district administration

Shillong, Jan 22: Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong today said that the government has asked the East Jaintia Hills district administration to provide details of the incident wherein six persons died in a mining accident.

“We came to know yesterday evening in fact and now we have already directed the district administration to give us all the details,” the Deputy Commissioner said.

Tynsong said as of now all the government can say is it has come to know that six labourers died on the spot.

Tynsong also said that the government has directed the deputy commissioner to file FIR against whoever is involved.

When asked if the tragedy is proof that illegal coal mining is on in the State, the Deputy Chief Minister said, “See the illegalities are illegalities, it’s not that the government tells them to do the illegalities that’s what we have asked the deputy commissioner to file FIR.”

Tynsong also said that once the government gets the report from the Deputy Commissioner, then whatever necessary to be done from the government side it will do,

“We are firm, we are ready to do it,” Tynsong said.

It may be mentioned that around six people have died in East Jaiñtia Hills District in a coal mine accident after the bucket attached to a crane carrying the workers snapped off plunging the workers to their deaths.

The incident occurred around 12 to 1 PM on Thursday at a place known as Sorkari near Dienshlalu Village in East Jaiñtia Hills District, Meghalaya.

The coal mines are dug vertically down to meet the coal seams which can be as deep as 100 feet, where miners are transported in and out of the mine in a metal bucket attached to a mechanical crane.

Meanwhile, the State police stated that they received information that a mishap had occurred at a mining place in Sorkari, Deinshalu Village under East Jaintia Hills District.

Immediately, a police team proceeded to the spot and on reaching the place of incident, six bodies were seen next to the mining area, and prima facie it seems that a machine at the mining area had malfunctioned, which may have led to their untimely death.

The names of five of the six victims have been identified.

Their bodies have been taken to Khliehriat CHC for medico-legal observation.

“A criminal case has already been registered under Khliehriat Police Station, and investigation of the case is in progress to establish the whereabouts of the mine owner and the manager of the mine, who have been absconding since the time of the incident,” Assistant Inspector General of Police Gabriel Iangrai said. 

Iangrai also informed that the District Disaster Management Office (DDMO) along with officials of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) had observed all formalities at the mining area and it was ascertained that there were no further fatalities inside the mine.

He added that the next of kin of the five victims are being contacted by the officials, and necessary measures have been initiated to establish the identity of the unknown deceased person.   

The names of the five victims who have been identified are – Ali Hussain (40), Dilwar Hussain (35), Mogbul Hussain (45), Abdul Sabur (30), Jelaluddin (25).