13 Feared Dead In Flooded “Rat Hole” Mine In Meghalaya Unsafe rat-hole coal mining have been taking place illegally despite a National Green Tribunal ban in place in Meghalaya since 2014.
Thirteen days after the incident, all that is left inside the labourers’ tents — just a few metres from where they worked and are feared to have died — are a few broken egg shells, dirty old slippers, empty plastic bottles and a layer of black coal on the soil. Tired, the grandfather stopped waiting and returned to his village.
……The ‘sardar’ didn’t tell me that my son won’t come back,” Ali says, his voice breaking. The three members of his family were told they would get paid at the end of every week. But when they entered the mine on the sixth day, they did not come back