Meghalaya: 6 Migrant Workers Fall to Death in Deep Forest Pit

Notably, this is the same district where 15 men disappeared inside an illegal rat-hole mine after it collapsed in December 2019.

Updated: January 22, 2021 3:57 PM IST

By India.com News Desk | Edited by Manmath Nayak

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New Delhi: In an unfortunate incident, six migrant workers from Assam died in a forest in Meghalaya after falling into a pit on Friday.

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As per latest updates, these migrant workers from Assam fell into a 150-feet pit in a forest in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills. Notably, this is the same district where 15 men disappeared inside an illegal rat-hole mine after it collapsed in December 2019.

Six migrant workers from Assam died after they fell into a 150-feet pit in a forest in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills, the same district where 15 men disappeared inside an illegal rat-hole mine after it collapsed in December 2019.

However, the locals allege that the migrant workers whose bodies were found inside the pit were digging an illegal coal mine at the location. But the local authorities claim that there is no coal mine in the area and the workers were involved in cutting and shaping hard soil for other purposes.

Notably, the National Green Tribunal has banned coal mining in Meghalaya. It must be noted here that Meghalaya has an estimated 5,000 illegal rat-hole mines, mostly in East Jaintia hills.

Confirming the death , East Jaintia Hills district superintendent of police Deepak Kumar Palecha told IANS over phone from district headquarters Khliehriat that he is collecting details of the incident.

Official sources said that all six coal mine workers, who hailed from Karimganj district of southern Assam and were digging a tunnel in one of the illegal coal mines near Rymbai village, died on the spot as they fell into the mine after the machine, which they were using to dig the channel, broke.

However, the bodies of the victim were retrieved and were sent to a Health Centre Khliehriat for autopsy.

The incident is a grim reminder of the December 13, 2018 illegal coal mine tragedy in the same East Jaintia Hills district when 15 migrant miners from Assam trapped and died inside in an abandoned coal mine.

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Published Date: January 22, 2021 3:18 PM IST

Updated Date: January 22, 2021 3:57 PM IST