Meghalaya mine collapse: More than a month after the rescue operation began, the Indian Navy detected a body at the illegal mine. Here is a brief timeline of the rescue operation.
More than a month after 15 labourers were trapped inside an illegal mine in East Jaintia Hills, Indian Navy divers on Thursday spotted one body using underwater remotely operated vehicles.
In April 2014, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had banned illegal mining of coal in the state, specifically mentioning the rat-hole technique.
According to collated government data, which The Indian Express accessed, 948 cases have been chargesheeted, the final report has been submitted for a further 139 cases, while and 229 cases are “pending”. In this period of approximately five years, 9351.20 MT of coal has been seized.
The first part of the report, submitted to the Supreme Court in the first week of December, had named about a dozen politicians who allegedly own coal mines themselves or have relatives who are coal miners.
Relatives of the mine workers, however, say they have no hopes of the men returning home alive.
After Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) severed its ties with the BJP over the passing of Citizenship Amending Bill in the Lok Sabha, speculations about NPP withdrawing its support from the BJP-led Northeast Democratic Alliance (NEDA) surfaced.
The Centre on Friday told the apex court it has to "believe in miracles" and see if the miners come out alive. The Indian Navy and planes and helicopters of the Indian Air Force have been deployed in the rescue operations.
The three-member NGT committee, constituted in August last year, is currently studying the environmental aspects of rat-hole mining in the state.
“We do not know if they are dead or alive. But miracles can happen. So we have to keep trying until we have some result,” the bench comprising Justices A K Sikri and S Abdul Nazeer told the Meghalaya government.
"If you are looking for humour, read up on the rescue mission to save the 15 miners trapped in the coalmine in Meghalaya," says stand-up comic Abhineet Mishra in his act about the Meghalaya mine tragedy.
EJH district police said they had received an FIR from Phillip Bareh of Khliehriat that his nephew Elad Bareh (26) was missing since January 4. On Sunday, Bareh’s body was found in front of a coal quarry at Mooknor, Jalyiah village.
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
Rescue divers from the Indian Navy and the NDRF are yet to be able to make any significant impact in their search and rescue operations as the water level is still beyond 100 feet, the safe diving capacity for the divers, an official said.
Rescue divers from the Indian Navy and the NDRF are yet to be able to make any significant impact in their search and rescue operations as the water level is still beyond 100 feet, the safe diving capacity for the divers.
Hearing a petition by advocate Aditya N Prasad seeking the court’s intervention in the matter, a bench of Justices A K Sikri and S Abdul Nazeer also directed the Centre to update it about the progress of the operations.
A senior advocate, who is assisting the tribunal as an amicus curiae in the matter, said a report of a high-level committee was submitted on January 2 before a bench headed by NGT chairperson A K Goel.
The apex court's order came after the Centre, who was pulled up yesterday over the delay in rescue work, today claimed that the mine was illegal due to which no blueprint was available to facilitate operations.
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The miners, apparently 15 in number, have been trapped in the illegal mine since December 13.