Coal Minister Shibu Soren on Thursday ordered a departmental inquiry into the accident at Bhatdih mines of the Bharat Coking Coal Limited (BCCL) in Dhanbad district in which nearly 50 miners are trapped.
Soren, who rushed to the accident site along with the Coal Secretary told that the inquiry committee headed by Chairman and Managing Director CMPDIL will submit its report within 15 days.
The committee will ascertain the causes of the accident besides fixing responsibility and making suggestions for avoiding recurrence of such incidents.
The Minister said stern action will be taken against officials responsible for the accident.
Soren said rescue teams are close to the site of the accident, which occurred on Wednesday night, and the official word about the fate of the trapped miners will be available soon.
He further said that as per the attendance register 50 miners were at work but some of them are reported to have come out of the mine.