Meghalaya Mining Tragedy: Retrieved body identified

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Rescue personnel take out body of one of the 15 miners. (Photo Courtesy: HT Photo)

SHILLONG, Jan 25: The body of the miner retrieved from the 370-feet coal mine in ksan village in Jaintia Hills has been identified as that of Amir Hussain of Assam’s Chirang district. He was identified by his wife and mother on Friday, who arrived at Khliehriat earlier in the day.

Amir’s body was recovered from the depths of the coal mine in a joint operation by the Indian Navy and the NDRF on Thursday.

East Jaintia Hills district deputy commissioner F M Dopth said the district authorities are trying to help the family transport the remains of Hussain to his home for the last rites.

Operation spokesperson R Sungi said the Indian Navy continued with underwater search with the robotic ROV but without any success in locating more bodies.

The multi-agency operations to dewater the nearby abandoned mines continued and Coal India Ltd, KSB and Odhisa Fire Services discharged over 71 lakh litres of water in the past 24 hours, Susngi said.

Meanwhile, some anxious family members are camping at Khliehriat and visiting the site frequently for any news of their loved ones.

Hussain is among the 15 miners trapped deep inside the 370-foot-deep illegal coal mine, owned by Krip Chullet and his accomplices, since the morning of December 13 last year.

Chullet was arrested from his home a day after the accident while his accomplices are on the run.

The accident prompted several agencies at the national level to join in the operation to rescue the miners but efforts to enter the coal mine did not fructify as the mine was full of water up to a depth of 160 feet.

The state government has released interim Rs 1 lakh interim relief to the next of kin of the trapped miners.

The Supreme Court is monitoring the rescue mission and the matter will come up for hearing on January 28, 2019.