Meghalaya: Three coal miners reportedly died, police verifying facts

Shillong: Meghalaya police on Tuesday have filed a sou-moto case in connection with the reported deaths of three coal labourers inside a coal mine in East Jaintia Hills district, a police official said on Tuesday.

According to local media reports quoting sources said, three coal miners reportedly died inside a coal mine in Rymbai under the East Jaiñtia hills district.

The newspaper reports stated that it is unclear how the coal miners died, even as the newspaper quoted the unidentified sources that “no one will speak about the incident for fear.”

“We have registered a soy-moto case against an unnamed accused at Khliehriat police station based on the newspaper report,” Jagpal Singh Dhanoa said.

He said notices have been issued to all the headmen under sections 160 and 91 CrPC for ascertaining the veracity of the newspaper report.

“Both notices also being issued to the newspaper concerned to produce the information. Health Centres are being contacted to produce record of dead bodies in past one week,” the police official said.

Dhanoa said a police team has been sent to various villages, especially to Musniang village to confirm if any villager has died in a coal mine accident.

“Right now nobody is saying anything . But we are in process of recording statements of maximum possible people,” the police official said.

Coal mining is banned in Meghalaya since April 2014 by a National Green Tribunal order. The green Court banned rat home mining ironically to avert such mishaps in the unregulated and dangerous mines.

The Meghalaya High Court had come down very hard on the administration and directed specifically the Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police to not bow to any political interference while implementing its order to completely arrest illegal coal mining in the State.


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