SC raps M’laya Govt, says ‘not satisfied’ with coal mine rescue ops


The Supreme Court Thursday came down heavily on the Meghalaya Government over the rescue operations launched to rescue 15 trapped miners stranded inside a rat-hole coal mine in East Jaintia Hills district even after three weeks since the incident took palce.

The miners were trapped inside the rat-hole mine after water from the Lytein river gushed into it.

A bench comprising Justices AK Sikri & S Abdul Nazeer came down heavily on the Meghalaya Government, questioning as to why the trapped miners have not been rescued till now.

“We’re not satisfied with the rescue operations. No matter whether they are all dead, some alive, few dead or all alive, they should be taken out. We pray to God they are alive,” the Supreme Court said.

The top court further asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to file by tomorrow (Jan 4) its response on the steps the Government plans to take to rescue the trapped miners.