Shillong, April 22, 2019
Families of as many as nine trapped miners who are stuck inside an illegal rat-hole coal mine in Meghalaya’s East Khasi Hills(EKH) since December 15th, 2018 have finally given their consent to the district administration to stop the ongoing search operations.
As per reports, the families from Lumthari village in East Jaintia Hills (EJH) and the rest from Assam, have written to the administration on the same, the letters which will be sent to the state government and then to the Supreme Court for necessary approval.
After the on and off search operations, the Supreme Court on January 28th, 2019 had asked the Centre and the Meghalaya government to continue their operations to rescue the miners.
The EJH Deputy Commissioner F M Dopth had submitted the letters to the state government on April 16th and stated that the operation should be called off as there were no palpable results. The DC further informed that there was no reduction of water level despite of discharging several crore litres of water.
It may be mentioned that as many as 15 miners got trapped at a 370-feet flooded coal mine in Meghalaya’s EJH on December 15th, 2018. After more than a month of the relentless search operations by the NDRF and the Indian Navy on January 23rd, 2019, the body of one trapped miner was successfully retrieved from the main shaft of the rat hole mine no 26.
The body was pulled up at around 3:00 PM from about 170 feet water column, about 355 feet vertically deep, from the main shaft of a rat hole mine. Till date, only two bodies have been recovered.