The body of a third miner was retrieved at the Umpleng mine accident site in Meghalaya‘s East Jaintia Hills district on Friday, June 25. The navy team detected the third body and retrieved it from the main shaft in a rescue operation that has been going on for more than three weeks now.
East Jaintia Hills Deputy Commissioner E Kharmalki informed that the body has been sent to the Khliehriāt morgue for autopsy. The body has been identified as Abdul Sukkur (28) from Pingorgool (Bortol) village in Karimganj district of Assam. He is survived by his wife aged 24 and three children.
However, the two other bodies recovered earlier have not yet been claimed. Those two bodies were detected on Tuesday, June 22. The first body was recovered on Wednesday and the second on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the kin of victims hailing from Cachar, Barpeta and Kamrup (Rural) districts of Assam and Kailashahar in Tripura have been informed through their respective SPs to come forward and identify the bodies retrieved.
Ever since five miners got trapped in the rat-hole mine on May 30, teams of the Indian Navy, SDRF, NDRF and Meghalaya fire and emergency services have been relentlessly carrying out the rescue mission. As per reports, a dynamite blast had led to the flooding of the mine on May 30.
Despite the ban imposed on illegal rat-hole mining by the National Green Tribunal in 2014, it is allegedly still rampant in Meghalaya. In rat-hole mining, a deep vertical shaft is dug till coal seams are found. Once the seams are found, coal is taken out through small holes along the horizontal.