Two people were buried alive, while two others got injured in a landslide that triggered, following unscientific mining operations at Kashmari village near Waknaghat, on Wednesday.
The deceased have been identified as Nitesh (19), a resident of Kashmari village and Parma Nand (75) of Kawarag village.
The injured, namely Santosh Kumar, Heera Nand and Inder Kumar, of the same village, were rushed to the Kandaghat civil hospital, and later shifted to a regional hospital in Solan.
Superintendent of police (SP) Ramesh Chhajta said the preliminary investigations revealed that the incident took place at around 10.15 am, when a large number of villagers were proceeding to join the funeral procession of a woman. As soon as the villagers reached the site of the accident, a huge chunk of loose soil along with boulders fell on them.
Deputy superintendent of police Hemnat Thakur, who arrived at the spot after receiving the information along with Kandaghat tehsildar Nek Ram Thakur and station house officer Tapender Thakur, started the rescue operation.
Meanwhile, the villagers have alleged that that they had made several complaints to Solan mining officer and district administration, about the illegal mining, but no step was initiated to check the same.
Despite repeated pleas, the administration did not even deploy any doctors or para-medical staff at the site, after the accident.
They said the driver, engaged in carrying out the mining, was asked to stop the cutting operations as the villagers were performing the last rites, but he did not pay any heed.
Meanwhile, opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is holding the mining department officials responsible for the mishap and has urged the government to order a high-level probe into the incident. BJP's Solan spokesman Shailnder Gupta said turning back by mining officer and district administration towards the villager's complaints was enough indication that the Virbhadra led government had lost control over the administration.