A relative of the miner who died in the accident at a coal mine at Deiñchalalu near Rymbai in East Jaiñtia Hills on January 21 has claimed that the coal mine belonged to Lar Bareh of Khliehriat.
Six labourers were killed when the crane box, used to go down a deep pit, snapped and broke apart, taking the migrant workers down a 100-feet deep mine. All the workers who lost their lives in the accident were from Barak Valley in Assam.
Speaking to media persons yesterday, Khalid Ahmed said his relative Abdul Sabur was working in the mine belonging to Lar Bareh when the mishap happened.
“Sabur told me that he worked in the mine belonging to Lar Bareh. On that fateful day, he called me and said that he was planning to collect all his belongings from the mine. Sadly, he died in this accident,” Ahmed said.
“I have seen in some media reports regarding names of the coal mine owners. The reports are totally wrong. As per the information given to me by my relative Abdul Sabur, I can confirm that the coal mine owner is Lar Bareh,” Ahmed added.
Meanwhile, Nazim Uddin, a neighbour of the four victims who died at the coal mine accident, said that all of them were workers at a coal mine owned by Lar Bareh.
Similarly, Alkas Ali, who is known to the victims, said that some media have wrongly reported the name of coal mine owners.
It may be mentioned that five persons who died in the coal mine accident were identified as Jilal Uddin (25) from Jalalbad in Karimganj district, Abdul Sabur (32) from Laborputa, Silchar district and three brothers – Mukbul Hussain (45), Ali Hussain (40) and Dilwar Hussain (35) from Laborputa, Silchar district.
One miner who died at the accident is yet to be identified and no one has come forward to claim his body which is presently being kept at the morgue of Khliehriat Community Health Centre.