Trapped in Illegal Coal Mine, One Dies, Another Injured in Meghalaya

According to a senior police officer, one person died and another was critically injured after becoming stuck in an illegal coal mine in Meghalaya’s West Khasi Hills area.

“It is unclear how the two miners, who purportedly entered the mine in Goreng village on Thursday night, became stuck within,” said police superintendent H.G. Lyngdoh.

“They were released on Friday” (August 19). “One has dead, and the other is hurt,” Lyngdoh explained. The SP stated that authorities had gone to the distant village in the Kharkutta Police Station area and that he is awaiting a full report on the subject.

In 2014, the National Green Tribunal outlawed unscientific coal mining and coal transportation in Meghalaya for the safety of workers and environmental conservation. The prohibition was removed by the Supreme Court in July 2019.

In March, Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma notified the legislature that scientific coal mining in the state will begin this year.

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