Police register case after 6 died in mine tragedy , Mine owner absconding

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The duty of the Government is that to prevent the illegal thing and it is not that I can rule out everything, this incident has opened our eye that we need to monitor more so that to prevent this illegal mining, especially this type of incident in which six human lives have lost,” Home Minister

 Police have registered cases after around 6 people have died in East Jaiñtia Hills District in a mine accident. Although, there was no trace of coal found from the incident sight, even as home minister Lahkmen Rymbui said that the law will take care against those engaging in illegal coal mining activities.

The Deputy Commissioner East Jaintia Hills E Kharmalki said, “It’s not coal mining because there is no coal found in the place of occurrence, yes 6 people found dead in the incident.”

“We have conducted the magistrate inquest and the post mortem was done at CIC in Khliehriat, so far relatives of five decreased have identified their bodies,” the DC said.

The DC said that the employer is yet to be identified but a case against him/her has already been registered by the police so that action can be taken as per law. 

The mishap took place at a mining place in Sorkari near Deinshalu and Rymbui village on Thursday afternoon. Two years ago, 15 miners were also trapped to death at an illegal coal mine at Khloo Ryngksan in the same district.  

Five of the six deceased persons have been identified as Jilal Uddin (25) from Jalabad Karimganj, three brothers – Dilwar Hussain (35), Ali Hussain (40) and Mokbul Hussain – from Karimganj and Abdul Sabul (32) from Laborputa, Silchar, Cachar district.

A criminal case has already been registered under Khliehriat police station and the investigation is on to nab the mine owner and the manager of the mine, who has been absconding since the time of the incident.

 Speaking to reporters on Friday, Rymbui said that police are trying to ascertain the cause that led to the death of the six labourers.

“Prima facie it seems that the accident was after the crane which was used in mining activity got some defect and collapsed but I am yet to get the exact report,” he said.

“Police have already registered a case and investigation will be done. After proper investigation, we will see what needs to be done,” he added.

“The process of identification has been done and five people so far have been identified and one till I speak now I don’t have the information,” he added.

Rymbui further said that the Sordar of the area who brought these people to work is also absconding.

The mining tragedy once again raises the question of illegal coal mining in the state. Asked about illegal coal mining being practiced, the state Home Minister, however, said he cannot rule out everything as he calls the incident has opened eye and there is a need to monitor more. 

Home Minister Rymbui said, “The duty of the Government is to prevent the illegal thing and it is not that I can rule out everything, this incident has opened our eye that we need to monitor more so that to prevent this illegal mining, especially this type of incident in which six human lives have lost.”

Asked, the home minister said that despite vigorous monitoring by the district administration and police, yet there are some people who are trying to circumvent the law for their own benefits.

“I cannot rule out but there are some people who are trying to circumvent the law but (I assure) that the arm of the law is very long so the law will take care (of them),” he said.

Asked Two years two big mining tragedy, he said, “After ascertaining the reason or the cause that led to the incident then only we can come to a conclusion. Accidents can happen anywhere anytime but if at all there is illegal mining, the law will surely take its own course of action.”

The home minister also congratulated the district administration and police for their efforts to closely monitor due to which, according to him, “illegal mining in the state has come down drastically”.

 Asked, he said, “If at all there is illegal mining, then the law will take its own course.”

He further added, “The duty of the government is to prevent illegalities and it is not that I can rule out everything. But these kinds of incidents open our eyes that we need to monitor closely to prevent illegal mining, especially these types of incidents where six lives were lost.”

I cannot ascertain as of now whether they died due to coal mining or not but the six person who died prima facie there was an accident where the crane which being used in mining had some defect it collapse, exact report I didn’t get yet. 

Asked if the illegal coal mining is still going on, he said, “the duty of the Government is to prevent the illegal thing and it is not that I can rule out everything, this incident has open our eye that we need to monitor more so that to prevent this illegal mining. especially this type of incident in which six human lives have lost. We should understand what is legal and what is illegal, why we termed it illegal because they do illegal things. 

If you say there is IPC or there is an act which take care of punish illegal thing so that we prevent somebody to do things, no because of people who are trying to circumvent the law, there are some people trying for their own benefit .. so it is the duty of the police duty of the administration to see this type of things do not happen . Police registering the case and investigation will be done .

Asked if the Government monitoring the illegal coal mining activities in parts of Meghalaya, the Home Minister said, “We are monitoring , the police are monitoring vigorously and even the district administration are monitoring but there are I cannot rule out some people who try to circumvent the law but the arm of the law is very long .. the law will take care.”

If at all there is any illegal mining it has to close down immediately and also to prevent the loss of lives also.

Asked Two years two big mining tragedy, he said, “Accident is accident and accident can happen anytime but this has happened if at all there is illegal mining it happened when they are doing illegal things. Law will take own course.