GUWAHATI: Assam Congress has written to the chief ministers of Assam and Meghalaya to ensure the safety of the miners — specifically those from Assam — trapped in a mine collapse in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills.
All India Mahila Morcha and former MP Sushmita Dev dashing off similar letters to both the CMs, wrote: “(…)although search and rescue operations are on, as per report, many of them are yet to be recovered. I would like to specially mention the two labourers of Assam namely Anwar Hussain of
Najatpur village of Katigorah and Abdul Sukkur of Badarpur who are yet to be traced
out. Since almost 5 (five) days have elapsed from the tragic accident, their lives might be in
“It is needless to mention here that the family members of the two labourers are suffering
from serious mental agony about their whereabouts. They are anxiously waiting for the safe
rescue of their wards by the administration. Considering the gravity of the situation, I would request you to kindly take necessary measures for rescue of these above two labourers at the earliest possible,” she added.
The five labourers – four from Assam and one from Tripura – have been trapped inside the coal mine since May 30.
The owner, Shining Langstang, was arrested from Sutnga village, located close to the mine. “The Sordar [mine manager] is on the run and we are trying to arrest him,” Superintendent of Police Jagpal Singh Dhanoa said. “In this regard, a lookout notice has been issued and his posters have been put up throughout the district.” The police have identified him as the main accused.
East Jaintia Hills District Deputy Commissioner E Kharkmalki said that the NDRF had confirmed that the water level is 150 feet in the main shaft “which is not conducive for rescue operations”.
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