Expressing grief at the death of coal miners in the Bhatdih Mines in Jharkhand, the CPI (M) on Friday demanded action against the coal company officials responsible for violation of safety rules that led to the mishap.
"The management of the Bharat Coking Coal Ltd is responsible for a gross violation of safety rules. Though the mine was known to be gaseous, the local officials failed to take precautionary steps provided in the mines safety regulation", the party Polit Bureau said in a statement in New Delhi.
It said the pressure of the gas became extremely high which led to the explosion and trapping of miners who died instantly.
The CPI (M) demanded action against the officials responsible and strict observation of safety rules by Coal India so that such accidents do not recur.
Rescuers have so far pulled out 40 of the 43 bodies inside the mine.