Since the notification of elections and seizures taking place to curb illegal election funding, coal mafia operating in the areas have stopped operations throwing more than hundreds of these miners commonly known as "rat-hole miners" out of a livelihood.
“Even village roads are getting damaged due to plying of tractor trolleys carrying sand,” said a villager. Sarpanch Manpreet Singh, however, said no illegal mining was taking place. “Some sand was lifted from panchayat land recently for construction work.”
Crawling for 6-7 hours hauling a coal cart in complete dark for Rs 1,500 per day, or scrounging for work at home, earning Rs 200 daily. This difference is what draws men from Chirang in Assam to East Jaintia mines in Meghalaya — including the three missing now and the one survivor
Stating that “mining is going on”, Hopeful Bamon, a former MLA of the constituency in which the mine is located, said, “Areas such as these are so remote that it is not often possible for the administration or the police to keep checking regularly.”
P R Palanichamy, the mining baron who heads the country’s largest granite export firm, is set to be questioned by Madurai police Wednesday after skeletal remains of four persons, including a child, were dug up from a mining quarry last Sunday following allegations of human sacrifice. The remains were exhumed following a complaint from a […]