Meghalaya mine tragedy: Navy deploys 5 ROVs for rescue operation


New Delhi: The apex court  was on Friday informed that the Indian Navy has deployed five remotely-operated vehicles (ROVs) in the rescue operation of the miners.

According to reports, the Meghalaya government has informed the Supreme Court about the rescue work being undertaken for taking out 15 miners trapped inside an illegal coal mine in East Jaintia Hills district.

The ill-fated miners are trapped inside the mine since December 13.

The state government has informed a bench of Justices A K Sikri and S Abdul Nazeer that one crore litre of water has been pumped out of the mine.

The rescue work has been hindered due to seepage form nearby rivers.

The counsel told the court that the person running the illegal mine was arrested. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, told the court that every possible step has been taken for the rescue operation.

The Indian Air Force has deployed aircrafts and helicopters for airlifting requisite equipment and manpower, he added.

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