Rescue operations underway at the illegal coal mine in East Jaintia Hills in Meghalaya where 15 miners are trapped since December 13, 2018. Credit: EastMojo image

Shillong: In yet another mishap at an illegal coal mine in Meghalaya, two miners were killed in East Jaintia Hills, even as the fate of 15 miners, trapped inside a flooded coal mine, remained uncertain, the police said on Sunday.

The fresh accident occurred at Mooknor, Jalyiah village, about 5 km from the district headquarters in East Jaintia Hills. The incident came to the fore when Phillip Bareh of Khliehriat filled a written complaint that his nephew, Elad Bareh (26), was missing from his home since January 4, 2019.

Following this, police in the East Jaintia Hills conducted a massive search operation and finally, on Sunday, the body was recovered from a rat-hole coal mine at Mooknor, Jalyiah village.

“After recovery of the body, the police team also made searches inside the mine and recovered another body. The body has been identified as Monoj Basumatry of Deinchynrum,” police sources in East Jaintia Hills said.

The police further suspects that boulders may hit the two ill-fated miners while they were trying to extract coal from the said mine.

Investigation is on to find out the owner of the quarry. A case (bearing no 08(01)19 u/s 304(A) 188/34 IPC R/C 3(2) (d) PDPP act) has been registered at Khliahriat Police Station in this regard.

Meanwhile, rescue operations to evacuate the 15 trapped coal miners at Ksan village continue till Sunday.

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