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Supreme Court Allows Meghalaya To Call Off Operations In Mine Tragedy In Which 15 Were Trapped

Petitioner informed the courtroom that there must be a normal working process in such instances. (File)

New Delhi: 

Seven months after 15 individuals have been trapped in an unlawful coal mine in Meghalaya, the Supreme Courtroom at present allowed the state authorities’s plea in search of its permission to name off the continued operation to retrieve the our bodies.

The unlawful mine is situated at Ksan in East Jaintia Hills district, about 3.7 km deep inside a forest and will be accessed after crossing three streams.

It was flooded in December final yr trapping 15 miners when water from the close by Letein river gushed into it.

A bench of Justices SA Bobde and BR Gavai handed the order whereas listening to a petition which had sought pressing steps for rescuing the miners trapped within the rat-hole mine since December 13 final yr.

Rat-hole mining entails digging of slim tunnels, often three-four ft deep, for employees to enter and extract coal. The horizontal tunnels are sometimes termed “rat holes” as every nearly suits one particular person.

Through the listening to at present, senior advocate Anand Grover, showing for the petitioner, informed the courtroom that the state has filed an software in search of permission to name off the operation. “We are not opposing it (application filed by state),” Mr Grover informed the courtroom, including, “Now we are no longer on the issue of (rescue) operation”.

The petitioner informed the courtroom that there must be a normal working process (SoP) which might be adopted in case of such eventuality as had occurred in Meghalaya. The bench stated that it could hear the difficulty referring to the SoP after 4 weeks.

The highest courtroom in March this yr directed the petitioner to “ascertain from the relatives of the deceased if they wish to have the bodies recovered having regard to the fact that they may be already in a completely decomposed condition.”

The courtroom was earlier informed that remotely operated underwater automobiles (RoVs) had detected three our bodies within the mine.

Earlier, the Centre had informed the courtroom that it has to “believe in miracles” for the 15 miners to return out alive.

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