Dhanbad mine mishap: 40 bodies pulled out
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Dhanbad mine mishap: 40 bodies pulled out

Rescuers have recovered 40 of the 43 bodies located inside the mine.

india Updated: Sep 08, 2006 19:56 IST

Forty of the 43 bodies of trapped miners inside the Bhatdih mine of Nagda Colliery of BCCL, were pulled out on Friday while the rescue team is scouring for the remaining ten victims in the pit.

All the 50 miners trapped in the colliery were dead due to the emission of toxic gas (carbon monoxide) triggered by a huge explosion inside the pit on Wednesday night.

Sources in the Control room of the Bharat Coke and Coal Ltd said that 22 bodies were sent for post mortem, which would be later handed over to the respective families.

The bodies were strewn all over the colliery due to the explosion in the pit, sources said, adding efforts were on to retrieve the remaining trapped miners.

Till Thursday afternoon, the rescue team had a tough time in accessing the exact location of the accident, as they had to fight emission of carbon monoxide.

On Thursday night the bodies could be located and subsequently the process of pulling them out began, they said.

Union Coal Minister Shibu Soren, who rushed to the spot on Thursday, announced Rs 3 lakh compensation to the families of the deceased besides job assurance to a member from each of the families.

Soren said a judicial inquiry would be conducted to find the reason leading to the disaster.

Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda, after attending a programme on centenary celebration of Vande Mataram in the state capital on Thursday, said the government would bear the expenses of treatment and announced Rs 1 lakh to the next kin of the deceased.

On Wednesday, altogether 50 miners went to work in the pit. Out of 50, one miner came out without informing the authorities. Of the remaining 49, three sustained injuries while on duty which forced them to leave the place.

When the accident occurred, 46 miners were still inside the pit while three managed to come out of the pit with burn injuries.

First Published: Sep 08, 2006 00:00 IST