5 killed, 20 injured as illegal coal mine caves in Jharkhand. Five people died and at least 20 others were injured at illegal coal mine in Girdih district caved in early on Saturday morning. The deceased were identified as Mohammed Kurban (35), Mohammed Shamim (50), Mohammed Jahid (23), Mohammed Enamul (23) and Mohammed Chhote (24), all local residents. The injured were treated at various hospitals in the city.Sources said the incident occurred around 12.30 am, after incident the police were informed. A rescue operation was launched with the help of local residents.“Some villagers were operating an illegal mine with few safety norms. Appropriate legal action will be taken against the people who gave employ to deceased and injured. The bodies have been sent to the Sadar Hospital for an autopsy, said sub-divisional police officer Manish Toppo.The coal mined from here was sent to various steel re-rolling mills and hard coke units, among other industries, in the district.”Police said illegal mines continue to proliferate in the region, now police will pick up steps taken to shut them down.RK Mishra, a local leader of the Indian National Trade Union Congress, held the Central Coalfields Limited responsible for the incident. “Two major accidents have occurred at these illegal mines in as many months, Mishra added.
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