Three mine workers reportedly died inside a coal mine in Rymbai under East Jaiñtia hills district, source said today.
Police are yet to confirm about the incident. However, sources said one of the deceased hails from Musniang.
It is not clear how the coal miners died but sources said no one will speak about the incident for fear.
Sources said mining has been going in the area despite the ban and the hard hitting order by the Meghalaya High Court. Coal related activities are happening along Rymbai to Umsatai, Pynurkba, Bataw route till Umlangsha and Lakadong towards Borghat, sources added.
It is also learnt that workers from outside the state are used in these areas to illegally mine coal on the pretext that coal mining has been allowed.
Sources said poor labourers fall for the false claims just to earn their livelihood.
It may be mentioned that the High Court had came down very hard on the administration and directed specifically the Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police to not bow to any political interference while implementing its order to completely arrest illegal coal mining in the State.