Six migrant employees from Assam died after they fell right into a 150-feet pit in a forest in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills, the identical district the place 15 males disappeared inside an unlawful rat-hole mine after it collapsed in December 2018.
Locals alleged the migrant employees whose our bodies have been discovered contained in the pit this morning have been digging an unlawful coal mine.
However, authorities sources mentioned there isn’t any coal mine within the space and the employees have been concerned in chopping and shaping onerous soil for different functions.
The National Green Tribunal has banned coal mining in Meghalaya.
Accidents in unlawful mines within the north-east state increase severe questions on unchecked coal mining proper beneath the federal government’s nostril even after the National Green Tribunal banned it in 2014, surroundings activists and scientists have mentioned.
Freshly lower blocks of coal being carried on the again of open vans are sometimes seen operating on the state’s highways.
Meghalaya has an estimated 5,000 unlawful rat-hole mines, principally in East Jaintia hills. After coal mining was banned in 2014, there was a slowdown in financial actions by 70 per cent.