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#MeghalayaTrappedMiners: One man dead, 14 miners still trapped

Shillong: In a shocking revelation, the Indian Navy yesterday found a body of one of the the 15 miners trapped inside an illegal flooded coal mine at Ksan village in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district.

“One body detected by Indian Navy divers using underwater ROV at a depth of approx 160 feet and 210 feet inside a rat-hole mine,” Indian Navy Spokesperson tweeted on Thursday.

The Navy official said that the body of the miner had been pulled up to the mouth of the rat-hole mine and shall be extracted out under the supervision of doctors.

Officials said that efforts are on to rescue the other trapped miners.

Altogether 15 miners were trapped inside the rat-hole mine after water gushed inside it. The tragedy came to light after five miners managed to escape.

The Meghalaya government has roped in several agencies and experts have been called to search and rescue the trapped miners from the illegal coal mine.

The accident inside the coal mine occurred on December 13 despite the National Green Court ban on ‘rat-hole’ coal mining in the state from April 17, 2014.

Meghalaya police have arrested Krip Chullet, the owner of the ill-fated coal mine, while the police are still on a hunt to arrest two more persons related with the mine tragedy.

The Supreme Court which is monitoring the rescue operation has directed the state authorities to bring out the trapped miners “dead or alive”.

(With inputs from UNI India)

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