Sushmita Dev appeals for pressing rescue of trapped coal miners in M’laya

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Sushmita Dev appeals for pressing rescue of trapped coal miners in M’laya

Guwahati: All India Mahila Congress Committee president Sushmita Dev urged the Chief Ministers of both Assam and Meghalaya to take essential measures for an extensive search operation as a way to rescue the miners including two from Assam’s Barak valley, trapped at the coal mine in the East Jaintia Hills of Meghalaya since the night of May 30.

The two labourers from Assam’s Barak Valley were identified as (i) Anowarul Islam Barbhuiya of Najatpur village of Katigorah and (ii) Abdul Sukkur of Badarpur.

In a letter to both the Chief Ministers Himanta Biswa Sarma and Conrad Sangma, the Congress leader said, “I am writing this in respect of the tragic incident of the trapping of the mine labourers in a coal mine in the East Jaintia Hills of Meghalaya state on the night of May 30, 2021. Despite the fact that search and rescue operations are on, as per the outline, many of them are yet to be retrieved. I want to specially mention the two labourers of Assam namely (i) Anowarul Islam Barbhuiya of Najatpur village of Katigorah and (ii) Abdul Shukkur of Badarpur who are yet to be traced out. Since nearly 5 (five) days have elapsed from the tragic accident, their lives might be in danger.”

She also stated that the members of the family of the two labourers are suffering from serious mental agony approximately their whereabouts. “They’re anxiously waiting for the protected rescue of their wards by the administration. Considering the gravity of the situation, I would request you to kindly take essential measures for rescue of these above two labourers at the earliest conceivable,” added Dev in the letter.

Earlier, Superintendent of Cachar, Nimbalkar Vaibhav Chandrakant told this correspondence, “As informed by Superintendent of Police, East Jaintia Hills, no bodies could be retrieved till date as search & rescue operation is hampered by incessant rains.”

Based on the eyewitness’s statements, the East Jaintia Hills police came to realize that the incident took place after sudden explosion of dynamite, following which five persons got trapped in the sudden hurry of water into the mine. Inside no time the mine was once inundated.

Earlier it was once suspected that there have been six people trapped within the mine. alternatively, eyewitnesses claimed that there have been five.

It is to be famous that East Jaintia Hills police on final Monday confirmed that four out of the five trapped mineworkers in the Meghalaya coal mine were from Assam.

The other trapped mine worker was once reported to be from Tripura.

The mining site has been identified at Sutnga interior, under Umpleng Anti-Dacoity camp under East Jaintia Hills district.

Details of the other lacking persons:

Abdul Karim from Boko, Assam

Abdul Kalam from Barpeta, Assam

Shyamcharan Debbarma from Tripura

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The Bodoland/ Assam / India / International

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