World / Nagaland: Four dead in abandoned rat-hole coal mine

The Indian Express : Mar 04, 2019, 10:30 AM

Four persons were found dead in an abandoned rat-hole coal mine in Nagaland’s Longleng district. The exact circumstances of their presence at the mine are yet to be established. Also, the exact cause of the death could not be established since their families refused to get their postmortem conducted. The government has banned coal mining as of now. Four persons, all hailing from Assam, were found dead in an abandoned

Four persons were found dead in an abandoned rat-hole coal mine in Nagaland’s Longleng district, Sunday, the police said. However, the exact circumstances of their presence at the mine are yet to be established. Also, the exact cause of the death could not be established since their families refused to get their postmortem conducted, said officials.

“Four persons, all hailing from Assam, were found dead in an abandoned coal mine. The government has banned coal mining as of now. We suspect that these men had gone inside the mine to retrieve their equipment and belongings when they inhaled some toxic gases emanating from there. Police is investigating the incident and further details are awaited,” a spokesperson of the Longleng district police