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    Breaking: No trace of 5 trapped coal miners in East Jaintia Hills

    East Jaintia Hills police on Monday confirmed that four out of the five trapped mineworkers in the Meghalaya coal mine were from Assam

    Guwahati: Almost 72 hours have passed in the Meghalaya coal mine accident in East Jaintia Hills district, however, no whereabouts of the five trapped Meghalaya coal workers have been traced by the state disaster response team yet.

    Confirming about the incident, Superintendent of Cachar, Nimbalkar Vaibhav Chandrakant told TIME8, “As informed by Superintendent of Police, East Jaintia Hills, no dead body could be recovered till last evening as search & rescue operation is hampered by incessant rains.”

    It is to be noted that East Jaintia Hills police on Monday confirmed that four out of the five trapped mineworkers in the Meghalaya coal mine were from Assam.

    The other trapped mine worker was reported to be from Tripura.

    Earlier it was suspected that there were six people trapped inside the mine. however, eyewitnesses claimed that there were five.

    The East Jaintia Hills police also informed that six persons came forward as eyewitnesses to the incident that transpired on May 30 at around 5 pm.

    Based on their recorded statements, the East Jaintia Hills police came to know that the incident took place after sudden explosion of dynamite, following which five persons got trapped in the sudden rush of water into the mine. Within no time the mine was inundated.

    The mining site has been identified at Sutnga interior, under Umpleng Anti-Dacoity camp under East Jaintia Hills district.

    The police also had identified the coal workers who are being trapped inside the mine site.

    Details of the missing persons:

    Abdul Karim from Boko, Assam

    Abdul Kalam from Barpeta, Assam

    Shyamcharan Debbarma from Tripura

    Unidentified person from Silchar, Assam

    Unidentified person from Silchar, Assam

    One of the eye witnesses said, “The main culprit as per the eye witnesses is ‘Sordar’ by name Nizam Ali who did nothing to rescue the trapped labourers. Rather Nizam Ali threatened the survivors with dire consequences and chased them away from the mining site.”

    The ‘Sordar’ Nizam Ali was presently reported absconding.

    However, one person has been detained for questioning. Unfortunately he was tested positive for COVID-19 and is being kept under guard at Isolation centre at Khliehriat in East Jaintia Hills district, informed the police.

    The higher authorities were appraised about the probable incident and in collaboration with the District administration search and rescue operation was launched thereafter.

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