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Yet another mine tragedy in NE, this time in Nagaland; 4 dead


Kohima, Mar 4: Four miners have been killed following mudslides at an illegal coal mine at Yonglok village in Longleng district of Nagaland, police said on Monday.

File photo of rescue operations in Meghalaya mine tragedy in which 15 were trapped

The incident happened on Saturday (March 2) when the four victims, all from Assam, had gone to the abandoned mine to collect their belongings. They reportedly got stuck inside the open-cast mine on the Assam-Nagaland border following mudslides, police said.

[No blueprint on Meghalaya illegal mine says Centre]

The mine was recently shut down following a state government order banning illegal coal mining and a provisional ban on licensed mining activity, police said. The victims, hailing from upper Assam, have been identified as Jiten Tanti (40), Krishna Gogoi (32), Tutu Deka (28) and Shushan Phukon (37).

Post-mortem was not done on the bodies at the request of the victims' families. The bodies were delivered to the families after an undertaking.

[Meghalaya: 13 trapped in a flooded illegal mine, rescue ops underway]

The Nagaland incident has occurred within three months of the Meghalaya mine tragedy in which 15 miners were trapped in an illegal rat-hole mine in East Jaintia Hills district. Rescuers have been able to retrieve only two highly decomposed bodies from the quarry.

The Meghalaya mine incident happened in December 2019. By the end of that month, family members of at least 7 trapped miners, hailing from West Garo Hills district of the state, had already given up hope to rescue their kins alive and requested the government to retrieve the bodies for the last rites.


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