Mine Accident: Manager of Bharatpur OCP suspended, rescue operation continues

Sambalpur: Manager Bharatpur OCP in Talcher coalfields of Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) has been placed under suspension with immediate effect in connection with strata failure that triggered a massive landslide in the mine on Tuesday night.

MCL’s Chairman-cum-Managing Director (CMD) today placed under suspension Mr V K Singh, Senior Manager (Mining)/Manager, Bharatpur OCP of Bharatpur Area, with immediate effect, for his alleged negligence leading to fatal accident in the mine.

While nine workers were rescued immediately and shifted to company’s Central Hospital by the fellow workers, bodies of three workers trapped in debris were recovered later. However, rescue operation is underway on fourth day today for the fourth person reportedly missing in the mishap.

The Directors of the company are overseeing the rescue operation being conducted by NDRF and MCL Mines Rescue teams under the supervision of the General Managers in Talcher coalfields with the help of district administration. An inquiry into the incident is also going on to ascertain the reasons behind the accident.

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