Jharkhand: Two feared dead as 'illegal' coal mine caves in

Locals said that the accident took place when around 15-20 workers entered the mine through several holes that had been dug to extract coal illegally from the area.

Published: 23rd January 2019 12:07 PM  |   Last Updated: 23rd January 2019 03:42 PM   |  A+A-

coal mine, Jharkhand coal mine

Image used for representational purpose only. (File photo | PTI)

By Express News Service

RANCHI: At least two people, engaged in illegal mining, allegedly died at Kapasara mines under Nirsa Police Station in Dhanbad.  Several others are still feared to be trapped after the mine caved in during the hours of Wednesday.

"One dead body has been recovered so far from the debris of the coal mine which caved in early in the morning on Wednesday," confirmed Dhanbad SP Kaushal Kisore. He, however, couldn't give the exact number of people trapped or killed under the debris. 

A rescue operation had been launched to extricate the trapped persons, he further said. "Exact casualty figures could be available only after the debris is removed," said the SP.

Locals said that the accident occurred when around 15-20 workers entered the mine through several holes that had been dug to illegally extract coal from the area. They claimed that at least two people have died, while casualty may rise with the time.

"The deceased have been identified as Dinesh Paswan and Kanto Rawani," said a local resident requesting anonymity.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp