Two Workers Killed As Coal India Subsidiary’s Mine Collapses In Chhattisgarh
Coal India’s production and offtake fell in July due to a shutdown triggered by protests against deaths of four workers at Mahanadi Coalfields. (Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg)

Two Workers Killed As Coal India Subsidiary’s Mine Collapses In Chhattisgarh

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Two workers were killed when a portion of an underground coal mine of South Eastern Coalfields Ltd. collapsed in Chhattisgarh’s Koriya district in the wee hours of Tuesday, the local police said. South Eastern Coalfields is a subsidiary of Coal India Ltd., the world’s largest miner of the fuel.

The mishap took place around 3:45 am in Jhilmili coal mine of SECL, when mining work was underway, said Koriya Superintendent of Police Vivek Shukla. As per preliminary information, a portion of the roof of the underground mine caved in, killing the two workers, he said.

The other workers managed to come out of the mine after the mishap. The dead workers were identified as Rup Narayan and Akhtar Husen, said the police officer.

Senior SECL officials and police personnel had rushed to the spot and launched a rescue operation, he added.

Coal India's production and offtake fell in July, dragged down by a protest at one of its subsidiaries following the death of four miners in a landslide.

The decline in July came as Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd., which contributes about a quarter of Coal India's production, saw its volumes and offtake decline 14 percent and 7 percent on a yearly basis due to a protest after four workers died in a landslide at Talcher mine in Odisha.

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