Petitioner who moved SC to rescue trapped miners visit families

SHILLONG, Mar 24: Advocate Aditya N Prasad, who had moved the Supreme Court, seeking immediate steps to rescue the trapped miners in a flooded coal mine in East Jaintia Hills district on Sunday visited the victims’ families and interacted with them.

It may be mentioned that during the last hearing, the Supreme Court has sought to know from the relatives of miners, who were trapped in an illegal mine since December 13, whether they wanted to recover the bodies which might have been “decomposed” by now.

A total of 16 miners were trapped after an illegal coal mine got flooded at Ksan in East Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya, about 3.7 km deep inside a forest.

Only two bodies have been recovered from the mine so far.

According to spokesperson of the rescue operation Reginald Susngi, Justina Dkhar, the mother of Dimonme Dkhar (20), whose body was retrieved from the flooded coal mine was unwell when Prasad visited the family at Lumthari village.

“She was attended by the Doctor in-charge of Sutnga CHC (Community Health Centre) and medicated accordingly. After the petitioner left the Deputy Commissioner also had discussion with the relatives and noted their concerns,” Susngi said.

Meanwhile, the rescuers are busy in preparing platforms in shaft no. 8 and 9 which is almost completed.

The rescue operation spokesperson also said that the work for making platforms in shaft no. 10 and 11 has begun.

As usual dewatering process is being carried out by the Coal India Limited and on Sunday after pumping water from both their pumps since Saturday evening till today 5 pm the discharged is 47, 25, 000 litres.

The Kirloskar also pumped for 16 hours from Saturday evening till today 5 pm and the discharged was 14, 40, 000 litres.

The KSB pumped out water for 32 hours from both pumps since Saturday evening till today 5 pm and the discharged of water was 63, 36, 000 litres.

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