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Meghalaya mishap: Have to believe in miracles, Centre tells SC

‘Authorities making all efforts to save the lives of miners trapped inside the illegal rat-hole coal mine in East Jaintia Hills’

New Delhi: "Believe in miracles," the Centre told the Supreme Court on Friday, and see if the 14 miners, who have been trapped inside an illegal rat-hole coal mine in Meghalaya's East Jaintia Hills since December 13 last year, come out alive.

The authorities concerned were making all efforts to save the lives of these persons and the Indian Navy and planes and helicopters of the Indian Air Force have been deployed in the rescue operation, the Centre told the apex court.

“We have to believe in miracles,” Solicitor General (SG) Tushar Mehta told a bench of Justices AK Sikri and S Abdul Nazeer.

The bench in turn told Mehta: “There is no dispute that you are making efforts. Whether they are alive today, we do not know. May be somebody is alive there. You have to take them out. You have to continue making efforts."

The SC was hearing a PIL filed by Aditya N Prasad, who sought urgent steps to rescue the trapped miners.