Jharkhand: Five killed, 20 injured as illegal coal mine caves in

Five people died and at least 20 others were injured when an illegal coal mine in Girdih district caved in early on Saturday morning.

The deceased were identified as Mohammed Kurban (35), Mohammed Shamim (50), Mohammed Jahid (23), Mohammed Enamul (23) and Mohammed Chhote (24) – all local residents. The injured were being treated at various nursing homes in the city.

The illegal mine was located next to the Central Coalfields Limited’s Kabribad opencast mine, barely four kilometres from the district headquarters. Sources said the incident occurred around 12.30 am, after which the police were informed. A rescue operation was launched with the help of local residents.

“Some villagers were operating an illegal mine with scant regard for safety norms. Appropriate legal action will be taken against the people who employed the deceased and injured. The bodies have been sent to the Sadar Hospital for an autopsy, after which they would be handed over to their family members,” said sub-divisional police officer Manish Toppo.



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