Govt seeks help of navy divers to rescue miners

Shillong, June 10: The state government has sought the assistance of the navy divers to rescue the five miners trapped inside an illegal coal mine in the state’s East Jaintia Hills District.
“We have written to the Ministry of Defence to provide us navy divers (for assisting in the rescue operation),” Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma informed today.
Stating that the state government is exploring all options to rescue the trapped miners, Sangma said, “Obviously it is the responsibility of the government to ensure that we take all steps and all measures to try and save lives.”
The Chief Minister stated that rescue operation is very difficult and informed that despite efforts by the district administration as well as other agencies including NDRF, yet there have been no positive results.
At least 100 rescuers from the NDRF, SDRF and the Fire Service, are camping at the accident site waiting for the water level to come down to about 10 meters in depth because that is the maximum water level they can operate.
At least five miners were trapped inside a coal mine in Sutnga Elaka after the tragic accident which took place on the night of May 30.
So far, police have arrested the owner of the coal mine, Shining Langstang, and charged him for violation of the NGT order banning unscientific mining and transportation of coal.
The mine manager aka sordar is still on the run and a lookout notice was issued since he was the one who is responsible for bringing illegal migrant workers from Assam and Tripura to work at this mine.