MCL Coal mine Landslide: Body Parts Of Last Missing Person Recovered

Angul: Rescuers today recovered some parts of another body trapped under the debris at the open cast mine of Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) in Bharatpur of Talcher.

As per reports, a joint team of NDRF and MCL’s mine rescuers retrieved a severed hand and some other parts of a person’s body from the debris. However, as the full body is yet to be traced, it is unclear whether the body parts recovered today was that of security guard Ramesh Das who has been missing after the mishap.

The rescue team had recovered bodies of two trapped miners from the rubble yesterday while the first body was found from the landslide site on Wednesday.

“We are hopeful that the body of fourth missing person will be recovered as the rescue operation is going on. This apart, the Directorate General of Mines Safety (DGMS) is inquiring the incident,” Paresh Chandra Nayak, sub collector of Talcher said adding that the mining activity has been stopped due to a strike by BJP activists at the mine.

It is pertinent to mention that BJP has been observing strike at all the coal mines of MCL and in front of its General Manager office for past three days following the mishap.

Meanwhile, MCL’s chairman-cum-managing director today suspended the Senior manager (mining) and manager of Bharatpur OCP, VK Singh with immediate effect for their alleged negligence over the incident.

It may be noted that three persons have been recovered dead while nine others injured were rescued following a landslide due to blasting for coal exploration at the open cast mine of MCL in Bharatpur on Tuesday.