A large part of the mountain cracked in Dadam during mining and 4 Labours Killed in the Aravalli hills at 8:30 am on Saturday morning in the Tosham area of the Bhiwani district of Haryana. In this, 20 to 25 people were buried under the stones.
According to Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij, the bodies of 4 labours were taken out till 4.30 pm. 4 Poklen machines, 2 haul machines, 2 tractors and 6 trolleys and dumpers were buried under the stones weighing hundreds of tons that fell due to the cracking of the mountain.
As soon as the information about the accident was received, the Bhiwani district administration started relief and rescue operations. NDRF teams are also engaged in this. At the same time, the part of the mountain that fell, there are three big stones in it, which are difficult to remove. The police and administration banned the media from visiting the spot.
Administration claim: 3 dead bodies, 2 came out alive
The administration was talking about the release of only 3 dead bodies till late in the night till 9 o’clock. According to the administration, the dead include crane operator Toofan Singh of Bihar, drill machine operator Sanjay Kumar of Morkhi village in Jind and Bijender of Tosham. Two injured are still undergoing treatment. At the same time, it has also been accepted that more people are buried in the debris of the mountain.
Siwani Deputy Police Chief Manoj Kumar said four to five people could still be trapped under the rubble. However, some locals say the number of people arrested may be higher, but there is no official confirmation.
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Hatar said he was in constant contact with the district government to ensure speedy rescue operations. “Sad by the catastrophic landslide at Dadam mining area in Bhiwani. I will stay in touch with local authorities to provide quick rescue and immediate assistance to the injured,” he tweeted.
Secretary of State JP Dalal examined the situation and told reporters that the government’s priority was rescuing the trapped people and a team of doctors had arrived. Congress leader Randip Singh Surjevala alleged that the Hatar regime was involved in illegal mining and asked the BJP government who was responsible for the deaths. In a tweet, he also asked the state government if they would order a judicial investigation into alleged mining extortion.
According to media reports, mining activities in the Dadam and Khanak Pahari mining areas have sharply resumed after the National Green Court lifted the ban on mining in the area. The Green Court imposed a two-month ban on pollution from mining. The ban was lifted on Thursday (December 30) and new mining resumed on Friday.
Dadam is a Hub of Large Scale Mining in Haryana
Mining takes place on a large scale in the Khanak area of Tosham area in Bhiwani district and the Aravalli mountains in Dadam area. Apart from Haryana, the stone here also goes to Rajasthan. Two months ago, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had banned mining here due to pollution. After the lifting of this ban, the mining work started again on Friday itself and the accident happened at 8:30 am on Saturday.
At the time when Pahad Darka, mining was being done here through more than half a dozen Poklen machines. Several dumpers and trolleys were present there to transport the stones. All these came under the big stones of the mountain.