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Second body pulled out of M’laya mine

Correspondent Shillong, Feb 27: | Publish Date: 2/28/2019 12:00:00 AM IST

A combined team of the Indian Navy and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) on Wednesday pulled out one of the three bodies from  a 370 deep feet flooded coal mine in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district where 13 miners still remain trapped since December 13, 2018, an official said.

 “The highly decomposed unidentified body was pulled to the water surface by the Indian Navy’s Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (UROV) and then taken out in a bucket-type container to the higher grounds at 1.20 p.m,  a senior rescue official said.
This is the second body to be pulled out of the coal mine – 77 days after 15 coal  miners were inside the rat-hole coal - after the Indian Navy divers retrieved the first body identified as that of Amir Hussain from Assam’s Chirang district on January 23. 
The rescue official said the recovered dead body was detected on Wednesday evening with the help of a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV), at the 230 feet depth in the same rat-hole where the third and fourth miners’ bodies were located
He said the body has been handed over to the Meghalaya police and was taken to Khliehriat hospital for autopsy.
“It was a painful exercise as they had to slowly pull out the body as the flesh started tearing off when the ROV tried to get a grip on bodies,” the official said, adding that efforts are on to pull out the third and fourth body located on Saturday and Monday.
15 miners were trapped after water gushed into the illegal coal mine located in Ksan village, about 130 km from the state capital Shillong, after the miners are believed to have punctured into another wall of another coal mine. The tragedy came to light after five miners escaped from the coal pit.
The coal pit disaster at Ksan village took place on December 13, 2018 despite an interim ban on rat-hole coal mining in the state by the National Green Tribunal since April 17, 2014. The Supreme Court, monitoring the rescue operations, has directed the government to retrieve the trapped miners, “dead” or “alive”. 

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