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Jharkhand: Tribal woman buried alive in mine cave-in

Dumka/Bokaro: A tribal woman, in her 30s, got buried alive after a coal overburden near the loading point of Rajmahal project caved-in on Monday morning. Two other teenaged boys, who accompanied her, in excavation of illegal coal from the site, which is owned by Eastern Coalfields Limited (ECL), however managed to escape with minor injuries. The deceased was identified as Talapaku Hembrom of Bagjori village under Lalmatia police station in Jharkhand’s Godda district.

However, local police or the mining company management issued any confirmation citing lack of formal complaint in this regard. Officer in-charge of Lalmatia police station, Lalit Pandey told reporters that he was yet to get any complaint from anywhere in this regard. Notably, illegal mining from abandoned or functional coal pits are rampant in this region as local venture into the mine-dens risking lives to steal coal for earning livelihoods. Notably, over a dozen people died after being trapped in similar way in Lamatiya in December 2016. Occasion reports of such death due to subsidence come to fore from time to time. But in case of mishaps, none turns up to claim the body or compensation fearing police action.

In a similar incident, four illegal miners, who were trapped inside an abandoned coal mine post subsidence on Friday, made their way out miraculously on Monday morning after battling between life and death for over last 60 hours. They were trapped in a mine owned by Bharat Coking Coal Limited (BCCL) in Parbatpur block under Chandankyari in Bokaro district.