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Three dead, one injured after clay rock caves-in

Over a dozen villagers, mostly women, were digging white clay when over head soil rock caved in

ranchi Updated: Jun 13, 2017 12:31 IST
Subhash Mishra
Subhash Mishra
Hindustan Times, Ranchi
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Accident site where three persons buried alive after clay rock subsided at Bastacola colliery area, Jharia in Dhanbad(Chandan Paul/ HT Photo)

Three persons including two women were buried alive and one sustained serious injuries after a clay rock subsided in Bastakola colliery area of Bharat Coking Coal Limited (BCCL), around 15 km away from district headquarters.

Police officials said the incident occurred at 4 pm on Sunday. Over a dozen villagers, mostly women, were digging white clay when over head soil rock caved in. Four persons including three women were trapped under the rubble of soil rock. They collect white clay for whitewashing their houses.

Senior police officials, central industrial security force (CISF) and coal company ‘s personnel launched rescue operation. They dug out four trapped villagers and three of them were found to be dead. The injured was admitted at Patliputra Medical College (PMCH).

Deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Sindri range Pramod Kesri, who monitored the rescue operation, said that all the deceased villagers were identified as Manto Baski (14), Mangoli Devi (20). and Lalita Devi (25).

The injured woman, admitted at PMCH, was identified as Sugam Kumari.

DSP said all the victims belonged to Ojhadih Kataniya Basti under Tundi block in Dhanbad.

Project officer of colliery BK Jha said that he had prevented many villagers from digging clay on several occasions in the past. “The area has been barricaded with barbed wires to check entry of villagers. But they came in groups to dig out white clay flouting the prohibition,” Jha said.

First Published: Jun 13, 2017 12:31 IST