Labourer dies as mine caves in

Apr 28 2013, 04:20 IST
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SummaryOne labourer died while two others were seriously injured when a dolomite stone mine caved in on Friday in Sonbhadra district.

One labourer died while two others were seriously injured when a dolomite stone mine caved in on Friday in Sonbhadra district. The mine is owned by Bindo Devi, the wife of Samajwadi Party’s state secretary in trader wing Ramesh Vaishya, at Billi Markundi village, Sonbhadra district.

A case has been registered against Ramesh Vaishya, his wife and Anil, who is the labour contractor, at Obra police station in Sonbhadra district. Police officials at the Obra police station informed that no one has been arrested so far.

Ramesh is close to senior cabinet minister Azam Khan. He also owns a hotel in Allahabad where Azam Khan usually stays during his visits to Allahabad. Ramesh also had donated Rs 20 lakh to the Mohammad Ali Jauhar University, Rampur which is the dream project of Azam Khan.

“Presently I am out of station. My people are working there to help the bereaved family. We will provide some compensation from our end on humanitarian grounds,” Ramesh said. He confirmed his relationship with Azam Khan and the donations to Jauhar University. He, however, denied any illegal mining at the site. The incident took place on the same day while minister of state for Geology and Mining, Gayatri Prasad Prajapati in Lucknow blamed the previous BSP regime for illegal mining on Friday.

Billi Markundi village, where the incident took place, had witnessed a major mines accident in February 2012 leading to the death of 16 labours. Mining was stopped thereafter only to be resumed after a year.

Bindo Devi has been allotted dolomite stone mines on plot number 2751 in the village. Mining was done illegally in forest land and close to the road while rules say no mining can not be done upto 100 metres of a road, sources claimed. The accident took place as a mine caved in burying three labourers. Other labourers rushed to the spot and began the rescue operation. However, one labourer, identified as Man Singh Gond (26), a resident of Panari village, Obra in Sonbhadra, died while two others were seriously injured.

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