Soren promises rescue operation for youth trapped in mine

Ranchi/Dhanbad: Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren on friday assured that he would ask the authorities to relaunch a rescue operation for a youth who fell in an abandoned underground mine in Dhanbad on March 2.

"I will definitely direct (the authorities) to launch rescue operation," Soren said in the state assembly here after Jharkhand Vikash Morcha (Prajatantric) MLA Samresh Singh referred to the incident and pointed out that the fate of the person was unknown even after 10 days.

"Please take military help for rescue operations," pleaded Singh.

Twenty year-old Pankaj Goswami, a resident of Dhanbad's Kenduahatia, fell 300 feet down through a hole meant for providing air to the underground mine of Bharat Coking Coal Limited (BCCL).

"We had made rescue efforts, but the teams could not reach him," the General Manager, Putki-Balihari Mines of the BCCL, Surender Singh, told newsmen in Dhanbad soon after the incident.

Police said the BCCL made efforts thrice to reach to the person from March 3, using a camera and saw the person lying face down in the abandoned mine. But the team failed to reach near the person and the authorities closed the mouth of hole.

On March 7, agitated residents obstructed work at the site, demanding re-launch of the rescue operation.