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Army called for rescue as many still trapped after landslide at Haryana mining site, 4 dead  

Mining work in Haryana’s Dadam and Khanak Pahari area resumed Friday, after a two-month ban, imposed by NGT due to pollution, was lifted Thursday.

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New Delhi: At least 4 people have died and several others are feared trapped under debris following a landslide in the Dadam mining zone in Haryana’s Bhiwani district Saturday afternoon.

Rescue operations are under way and the route from the Tosham block in Bhiwani to the Dadam stone mine has been blocked.

District officials in Bhiwani told ThePrint that at least 4 dead bodies have been extracted from the site of the landslide, while 4 others have been rescued and sent to the district hospital.

“We are unsure how many people are still trapped inside. It would be wrong to assign an exact number as eyewitness accounts are differing and many of the eyewitnesses were also not close enough to see how many people were there,” said Bhiwani Additional Deputy Commissioner Rahul Narwal.

“We will ascertain the exact cause and trigger of the landslide once the rescue operations are completed.”

Those caught in the landslide, believed to be miners, were learnt to be travelling to their site of work at the time of the incident and were trapped inside their vehicles.

Mining work in Haryana’s Dadam and Khanak Pahari area resumed Friday, after a two-month ban, imposed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) due to pollution, was lifted Thursday

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has condoled the deaths and said he is in “constant touch” with the administration.

State Home Minister Anil Vij said “a team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been called from Ghaziabad, and a team of the SDRF summoned from Madhuban to assist with rescue operations”.

He said a unit of the Army has also been called from Hisar as well. The minister also confirmed 4 deaths.

 

Agriculture Minister J.P. Dalal was at the spot to oversee the rescue operations.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted that he’d spoken to the Haryana Chief Minister, saying they were prioritising saving as many lives as possible.

 

Congress alleges illegal mining

Meanwhile, reacting to the incident, the Congress has accused the Khattar-led BJP government in Haryana of allowing “illegal mining” to continue in the state.

 

Congress general secretary Randeep Surjewala alleged that those close to the government were involved in this “illegal mining trade” and asked if the government would conduct an inquiry into the same.

(Edited by Sunanda Ranjan)


 

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