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43 miners in Dhanbad coal mine dead
September 07, 2006 10:28 IST
Last Updated: September 08, 2006 00:33 IST
Forty-three of the 50 miners trapped in a coal mine in Dhanbad have died due to inhalation of carbon monoxide following an explosion underground, and authorities virtually ruled out the survival of the remaining.
"Rescue teams have located 43 bodies from the Bhatdih mines of which 34 have been brought to the upper level," Dhanbad Deputy Commissioner Bela Rajesh told PTI adding, efforts were on to trace the remaining bodies.
Soren ordered a departmental inquiry into the accident and the probe committee headed by chairman and managing director Coal Mines Planning and Design Institute has been asked to submit its report within 15 days.
The committee will ascertain the causes of the incident, fix responsibility, if any, and make suggestions for avoiding any recurrence.
The minister said stern action will be taken against officials if found responsible for the incident.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday night expressed shock at the death of miners and assured support to the next of kin of the deceased.