The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has been requested to ensure the rescue of 15 miners trapped in the ‘rat hole’ mines at Nangalbora area in south Garo hills district of Meghalaya.
A petition in this regard has been filed by Supreme Court advocate and human rights activist Radhakanta Tripathy.
“This tragic incident has occurred due to the failure of the state to ensure the human rights of the mining workers. It also failed to monitor the issue since July 6 when the miners went missing,” Tripathy alleged here.
Radhakanta Tripathy requested the Supreme Court watchdog of human rights to act swiftly over the issue and direct the state government to rescue the trapped miners and pay compensation to their family members.
The petitioner also sought directives from the NHRC to the authorities concerned with regard to the maintenance of safe and environment-friendly mining operation.