New Delhi: The National Disaster Response Force personnel are currently involved in rescue operations aimed at helping the three people who got trapped in a coal mine in Asansol’s Kulti area on October 13, stated news agency ANI on Thursday.Also Read - West Bengal: Three Trapped at Coal Mine in Kulti, Rescue Operations Underway

The incident occurred when four people allegedly dug the mine illegally, of which three got trapped and the other one managed to escape, claimed the locals as per a report. Also Read - South African coal mine death toll climbs to 12

Earlier, Satyabrata Sarkar, the in-charge of the mine rescue team as quoted by news agency ANI had said, “On receiving the information, Kulti police station officials along with Eastern Coalfield Limited (ECL) officials reached the spot and started rescue and relief work.” Also Read - SC notice to owner of Meghalaya coal mine

The Eastern Coalfields officials had noted that the mine is filled with poisonous methane gas, said Sarkar. He also claimed that due to the poisonous gas in the mine, the three trapped inside must be in an unconscious state. On October 13, the rescue team were trying to widen the narrow entrance to the mine, so as to rescue those trapped, said the in-charge of the mine rescue team.