Shillong: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma informed the House that two people arrested in connection with the coal mishap near Dienshalalu village in East Jaintia Hills District are out on bail.

Responding to a query, Sangma said that Section 188/304A/34/ IPC read with Section 21(5) Mines and Minerals Development and Regulation (MMDR) Act and Section 3 / 4 Explosive Substance Act have been applied in this case.

On January 21, 2021, six miners were killed, including three brothers, after a crane carrying them snapped near Sarkari Village of East Jaintia Hills district. Congress MLA Ampareen Lyngdoh questioned the minister about the cause of death of these individuals. According to the post-mortem report, all six died due to trauma leading to multiple fractures and haemorrhage, said Sangma. 

Sangma clarified that the men were excavating, and during the police investigation, nearby residences informed that a person, who was supervising, fled the site when the mishap occurred.

Lyngdoh further asked what steps have been taken by the government against the person involved under the concerned sections.

Sangma said that the question was vague and that there was nothing left to do concerning realising what steps taken under the MMDR Act. “If the honourable member wants, should we sell the machines and equipment seized from the site?” questioned Sangma.

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