Families of miners agree to call off rescue operations

SHILLONG , Apr 30 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 4/30/2019 11:29:21 AM IST

The family members of the miners, trapped in the rat hole coal mines at Ksan village in East Jaintia Hills, have given a green signal to the State Government to call off the rescue operations, reports the Northeast Today (TNT)

According to TNT, Revenue and Disaster Management Minister, Kyrmen Shylla told reporters today that the family members have given letters to the State Government, giving their consent to call off the ongoing rescue operations.

“The family members of the miners, trapped in the coal mines hailing from the Garo Hills region, have sent their letter through their local MLA, Dr Azad Zaman. The letter was handed over to the Deputy Commissioner of  East Jaintia Hills, F.M. Dopth,” Revenue and Disaster Management Minister said. The Supreme Court, in response to a petition seeking speedy rescue of the trapped miners, has been monitoring the operation. So far, two of the victims’ bodies have been fished out of the deep pits filled with water believed to be from a nearby river. Only a team comprising of NDRF and SDRF is presently at the site conducting the operation, which involves pumping out hundreds of litres of water daily from the shafts with the help of high speed pumps. A team from Coal India Limited is also at the site. According to the local administration, heavy rain in the area since this past week is “adversely affecting” the operation.

In January, though the Meghalaya government hinted at its willingness to call of the operation, the SC asked it to continue. However, in mid-March, the apex court sought to know whether the family members of the victims would like the operation to continue as the bodies must have been ‘decomposed’ by now and would make it difficult for the rescuers to retrieve them from the pit.


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