As many as six miners are suspected to be trapped inside a coal mine in East Jaintia Hills District of Meghalaya. Police have sought help from the State Disaster Response Force to verify the authenticity of the report. However, the mine owner and the sordar are absconding.
On receiving the information at around 8:30 am on Monday, East Jaintia Hills police jumped into action and identified the mine at Umpleng Elaka Sutnga area towards Saipiung road. However, on reaching the spot at 11 am, Police saw that there was no evidence left on the upper surface of the mine; even all the machines were removed. However, the owner of the mine and the sordar who is monitoring the work there.
An official source informed Meghalaya News 24, “…We have to verify the information whether the miners are trapped or not but we have seen the place where there is no evidence left of anything on top of the upper surface of the mine, no evidence of any labour shed and all the machines are removed.“
Stating that the police are leaving no stone unturned to rescue the miners if they are trapped, the official source said, “….Before we get information the owners must have done all these cleaning and everything but the fact is that we have to verify it so we are taking it seriously. We are not saying it may not have happened.”
“What we have to do now is to verify if there are miners or not because no information received that so and so is missing, no complaint received,” he added.
Meanwhile, the police have arrested the coal mine owner’s brother and conducted a Rapid Antigen Test where he was found to be positive for COVID 19 and therefore, he is kept in an isolation Centre.
“…both the mine owner and the Sordar are absconding at present,” the source said.
According to information received, the East Jaintia Hills administration has asked for the State Disaster Response Force from Shillong to visit the coal mine and to find out if there is any body trapped or not and if they are trapped then the rescue operation will have to start.
“…We have asked SDRF from Shillong to come and to verify and then if there are miners trapped we have to carry out the rescue operation. The weather is very inclement, heavy rain,” the source informed.
On Tuesday, it is learnt that the District administration will send an Underwater Cameras for Visual Inspection to get the knowledge of what is inside.
“We have to bring equipment because before sending people inside we want to verify first,” the source added.
Police work is affected badly due to inclement weather conditions in the district.
The labourers are reportedly from Assam.