Guwahati: At least six labourers believed to be from Assam were feared trapped in a coal mine in East Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya.
The mine has been identified at Sutnga interior, under Umpleng Anti-Dacoity camp and search operations are on.
As per sources, the bodies of all the six to seven labourers are around 500 feet under the surface.
Few local people claimed they might have possibly died with no rescue.
Speaking to TIME8 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 ‘Sordar’.”
“We have requested the East Jaintia Hills SP to update us on the matter. If any coal miners from Assam are trapped, we will be informed immediately, this was assured by the East Jaintia Hills SP,” added SP Cachar.
Meanwhile, a rescue party from Shillong city in Meghalaya has been dispatched for assistance to the local administration.
Further investigations are on.