Sushmita Dev appeals for urgent rescue of trapped coal miners in M’laya

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Earlier it was suspected that there were six people trapped inside the mine. however, eyewitnesses claimed that there were five
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Sushmita Dev appeals for urgent rescue of trapped coal miners in M’laya

Guwahati: All India Mahila Congress Committee president Sushmita Dev urged the Chief Ministers of both Assam and Meghalaya to take necessary measures for an extensive search operation in order to rescue the miners including two from Assam’s Barak valley, trapped at the coal mine in the East Jaintia Hills of Meghalaya since the night of May 30.

The two labourers from Assam’s Barak Valley were identified as (i) Anowarul Islam Barbhuiya of Najatpur village of Katigorah and (ii) Abdul Sukkur of Badarpur.

In a letter to both the Chief Ministers Himanta Biswa Sarma and Conrad Sangma, the Congress leader said, “I am writing this in respect of the tragic incident of the trapping of the mine labourers in a coal mine in the East Jaintia Hills of Meghalaya state on the night of May 30, 2021. Although search and rescue operations are on, as per the report, many of them are yet to be recovered. I would like to specially mention the two labourers of Assam namely (i) Anowarul Islam Barbhuiya of Najatpur village of Katigorah and (ii) Abdul Shukkur of Badarpur who are yet to be traced out. Since almost 5 (five) days have elapsed from the tragic accident, their lives might be in danger.”

She also stated that the family members of the two labourers are suffering from serious mental agony about their whereabouts. “They are anxiously waiting for the safe rescue of their wards by the administration. Considering the gravity of the situation, I would request you to kindly take necessary measures for rescue of these above two labourers at the earliest possible,” added Dev in the letter.

Earlier, Superintendent of Cachar, Nimbalkar Vaibhav Chandrakant told TIME8, “As informed by Superintendent of Police, East Jaintia Hills, no bodies could be recovered till date as search & rescue operation is hampered by incessant rains.”

Based on the eyewitness’s 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.

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

It is to be noted that East Jaintia Hills police on last 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.

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

Details of the other missing persons:

Abdul Karim from Boko, Assam

Abdul Kalam from Barpeta, Assam

Shyamcharan Debbarma from Tripura

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