SHILLONG: A most unfrotunate series of events is coming to light from Meghalaya where at least 13 labourers trapped in an illegal coal mine activity despite National Green Tribunal’s ban. The mine is an old, illegal so-called rat-hole mine authorities said. The state government also admits to illegal mining.
Superintendent of Police (SP), Jaintia Hills, Sylvester Nongtngr told that the coal mine in question was located near the Lytein river in Ksan village.
The National Green Tribunal banned unscientific and unsafe rat-hole coal mining in Meghalaya since 2014. A case is registered against the owner.
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said authorities had no information on the condition of the miners. Illegal coal mining has continued over the years despite 2014 ban. Disaster management minister Kyrmen Shylla said: “We are waiting for a report from the district authorities in this regard.”