March 23, 2023

4 killed in landslide at Bhiwani mining site | India News – Times of India

CHANDIGARH/ROHTAK: Four people were killed and many others feared trapped along with machines and vehicles following a landslide spanning 100 feet in the mining site in Haryana’s Bhiwani on Saturday afternoon.
Preliminary reports suggested that over-exploitation of the mine beyond the permissible limit coupled with climatic conditions led to the cave-in. The Haryana government called in the Army from Hisar Cantt and a National Disaster Response Force team from Noida to conduct the rescue operation.
The administration had pressed in earthmovers, cranes and other equipment to remove the debris.
“It is difficult to say how many people are trapped. Some deaths could be confirmed as the local villagers had conducted rescue operations. Let the rescue and relief operation get over first,” said additional chief secretary, revenue and disaster management, P K Das.
The landslide occurred within hours of the mining contractor setting off an explosion on the hill.
Men and machines were at work and the vehicles had lined up to load the mined material when the landslide occurred. Besides DC Dr R S Dhillon and SP Ajit Singh, agriculture and farmers’ welfare minister Jai Parkash Dalal went to the spot.
Three of the dead mining workers have been identified as Sanjay from Jind, Vijender from Tosham and Tufan Singh from Jharkhand. Sources said several people were travelling to another site when the landslide occurred and they got trapped in their vehicles. BJP Bhiwani MP Dharambir Singh alleged that the contractor of the mining zone did not permit the entry of outsiders and even officials on duty were never permitted access to the mining zone. He said he would speak to the CM for a thorough investigation.
Expressing grief, Haryana home minister Anil Vij on Twitter, confirmed the death of four persons.

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