Dhanbad: Babulal slams state government over Nirsa mine mishap, many feared dead

Dhanbad/Ranchi: At least a dozen are dead and several others are trapped due illegal mining incidents in three different parts in coalfields in Nirsa region on Tuesday early morning. Local police however pegged the casualty figure to four till the time of filing this news in the evening.

According to sources, subsidence and coal roof cave-in triggered the mishaps in open cast mining zones of Gopinathpur, Kapasara of ECL and C-patch of Dahibari colliery of BCCL. Mining of coal illegally from operational and abandoned mines isn’t new in coal town Dhanbad as a results of which reports of such mishaps occur surface time and again.

Dhanbad SSP Sanjiv Kumar said the four deaths have been confirmed so far and further probe is on.

Chief minister Hemant Soren on the other hand in a tweet expressed condolence to the deceased stating that the administration is conducting rescue ops in the region and trying to extend all possible help to the injured.

Former Nirsa MLA Arup Chatterjee, who visited the site, however accused local administration and coal mining companies of failing to curb the menace. He added that the illegal business has been flourishing rampantly under the patronage of local police, politicians and other officials.

Former CM and BJP’s leader of opposition Babulal Marandi too slammed the state government for failing to curb the illegal coal mining under the patronage of state machinery. Claiming deaths of 13 people, he said, “I had written letters to state and central government in the past about the organized loot and illegal mining activities under the patronage of administrative officials but to no avail. It is because Soren government has converted illegal mining as a source of its revenues to fill its coffers. I appeal union government to act quickly to curb the menace before things go out of hands.”