<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ten miners were killed and an unspecified number feared trapped when a massive mound of earth came crashing down on them at Lalmatia open cast coal mine of Eastern Coalfields Ltd (ECL) Thursday night, the worst such disaster in over a decade.Heavy machinery was deployed as rescuers, including those from the NDRF, toiled through the day extricating bodies and looking for survivors. “Unfortunately the casualties have increased from seven in the morning to 10,” the coal ministry said in a statement.”Rescue teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Eastern Coalfields Ltd (ECL)/Bharat Coking Coal Ltd (BCCL), state government and experts have been continuously carrying out rescue work at the accident site of ECL’s Rajmahal Open Cast Expansion Project in district Godda, Jharkhand,” the statement said.Central Mine Planning and Design Institute (CMPDIL, the consultancy arm of Coal India Ltd., has deployed magneto meters along with imaging system for locating magnetic and conductive material up to a depth of 80 meters, the statement said.R R Mishra, officiating CMD of ECL, a Coal India subsidiary, said that the incident occurred at around 7:30 pm last night when excavators were working there following which rescue operations was launched immediately.Senior officials of Director General of Mines Safety (DGMS) have arrived at the site and launched an inquiry.All 10 excavators and dump trucks which were swamped under the debris have been recovered. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Coal Minister Piyush Goyal, Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das and other leaders have expressed grief over the loss of lives.”Saddened by the loss of lives at a mine in Jharkhand. My prayers are with those trapped inside. Spoke to CM Raghubar Das on the situation,” Modi said on twitter.Das said an assistance of Rs two lakh will be given to the families of the miners who died in the accident, while ECL also announced an ex-gratia compensation of Rs five lakh each to these families, in addition to the amount to be paid under the Workmen’s Compensation Act.14 miners were killed at Central Saunda coal mine in Ramgarh district of Jharkhand in August 2005. The country’s worst mining disaster had occurred at Chasnala in Dhanbad district in the then Bihar state in 1975 in which 375 lives were lost.
At least four workers are killed and a dozen are feared trapped in a coal mine in India.
Some anti-national forces are trying to disintegrate the country, be careful of such forces, said Das. On the occasion of Martyr’s Day, Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Wednesday advised people to maintain distance from “anti-national” forces engaged in disintegrating the country.Paying tribute to Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, Das said, “Some anti-national forces are trying to disintegrate the country, be careful of such forces.”Hinting towards Congress leader Shashi Tharoor’s recent address at JNU where he compared student leader Kanhaiya Kumar with Bhagat Singh, Das said, “It was absolutely wrong to compare Kumar with the martyrs who had sacrificed their lives for the freedom of the nation.” Das also greeted the people of the state on the eve of Holi festival.
Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Tuesday announced a financial assistance of Rs one lakh each to the two families of the persons who were killed and hanged on March 18 in Latehar district.The Chief Minister also urged the families of the victims to meet him in the state capital on March 25, a government spokesman said.Five of the eight persons allegedly involved in the killing of a 32-year-old man and 13-year-old boy and hanging them from a tree in Jhabbar village have already been arrested.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The police claimed that the motive behind the killing was to loot their animals and make it look like a suicide case after the two persons left their homes with animals for Tutilawa village in the neighbouring Chatra district for an animal fair.CPI(M) Politburo member Brinda Karat visited Latehar on Monday and demanded a probe by central agencies into the killing.
Ranchi: Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Tuesday announced a financial assistance of Rs one lakh each to the two families of the persons who were killed and hanged on March 18 in Latehar district.
The Chief Minister also urged the families of the victims to meet him in the state capital on 25 March, a government spokesman said.
Five of the eight persons allegedly involved in the killing of a 32-year-old man and 13-year-old boy and hanging them from a tree in Jhabbar village have already been arrested.
The police claimed that the motive behind the killing was to loot their animals and make it look like a suicide case after the two persons left their homes with animals for Tutilawa village in the neighbouring Chatra district for an animal fair.
CPI(M) Politburo member Brinda Karat Yesterday visited Latehar and demanded a probe by central agencies into the killing.
Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Sunday said he has given directions to the state administration to ensure that incidents like the Latehar murder where the dead bodies of two Muslim cattle traders were found hanging from a tree are not repeated.”The police have arrested some people in this matter. In Jharkhand, an act is also there that no one can take animals outside the state. The police are working to contain the situation. We have directed the administration to ensure that such incidents don’t recur,” Das told ANI.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The bodies of two cattle traders, one of whom is a teenager, were found hanging from a tree in Jhabbar village in Jharkhand’s Latehar district day before yesterday.The police arrested five persons in connection with the case while three others are still absconding.According to the police, their hands were tied and the bodies bore injury marks, indicating they were hanged after being beaten to death.They were reportedly caught by a group of persons in the early hours, beaten to death and hanged.