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Opp slams govt on Ksan mine incident

SHILLONG: The Opposition Congress has slammed the NPP led government over the ongoing rescue operations at Ksan in East Jaintia Hills where 16 coal miners, mostly from West Garo Hills, are feared dead.
Congress MLA from Rajabala, Azad Zaman on Tuesday said that it is more than four months since the incident happened and initially the state government did not show any seriousness in the rescue operations or else things would have been different.
He stated that central agencies were involved in the rescue operation only after AICC president, Rahul Gandhi tweeted on the matter.
The statement came from Zaman as the state government is likely to make an appeal before the Supreme Court to discontinue the rescue operations as it is not yielding any positive results.
”The state government has not given enough importance and they may be miners but everybody’s life is precious,” he added.
The accident occurred on December 13 last year when water flooded the rat-hole mine trapping 16 miners. Bodies of two were retrieved subsequently. Another body was also detected, but it could not be brought out.
Pointing out that with so many months gone by there is no chance of retrieving the bodies and even if they are able to do so it would be just skeletons.
Zaman said that it is now up to the Supreme Court to continue or call off the rescue operation.
He also suggested that instead of spending lot of money on the rescue operators, the amount should be utilized for the welfare of the bereaved families.

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