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9 families agree to stop search operations in Meghalaya - Report

Coal News - Published on Tue, 23 Apr 2019

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PTI reported that families of nine of the 16 miners trapped inside an illegal rat-hole coal mine in Meghalaya since December, have given consent to the district administration to stop the ongoing search operations which entered its 130th day on Sunday. The bodies of only two victims one from nearby Lumthari village and another from Assam, have been retrieved from the mine in East Jaintia Hills district early this year. A senior official told PTI that "We have received letters of consent from the families to stop the ongoing search operations. The letters, submitted by families to the district administration, have been sent to the state government and the same will be submitted to the Supreme Court for granting necessary approval."

The official said that those who have written to the administration include families of two miners hailing from Lumthari village in East Jaintia Hills and the rest from Assam. The miners were trapped after water from the nearby Lytein river gushed into the 370-feet deep mine in Lumthari village in the Ksan area on December 13 last year.

On January 28, the Supreme Court had asked the Centre and the Meghalaya government to continue their multi-agency operations to rescue the miners.

He said however, said that the families have requested that the compensation be increased.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 23 Apr 2019
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