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Shillong: A public interest litigation (PIL) has been filed before the Supreme Court highlighting the plight of the 14 miners, and their families, who have been trapped inside an illegal coal mine in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills since December 13.

The PIL sought a direction to the Centre and the Meghalaya government to utilise the services of of the Indian Army, the Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force to rescue the miners at the earliest. The PIL will be heard by the apex court on Thursday, as per reports.

The petition filed by advocate Aditya N Prasad also sought the requisition and deployment of high-capacity pumps, or any others, available in the country. These include pumps belonging to Kirloskar Brothers and similar to the ones that were offered to the Thai government to rescue 12 boys and their football coach from a cave in July last year.

Filed by advocate Astha Sharma, the petition further sought a direction to Coal India to provide necessary technical know-how, equipment and guidance at the rescue site.

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