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Coal mine explosion kills four, injures three in India

02 June 2020

Four contractors were killed, and three others injured after an explosion in a coal mine on June 2 in south eastern India. The blast happened at a mine belonging to state-run Singareni Collieries Company Ltd (SCCL) in Peddapalli, around 122 miles (197 kilometres) north of Hyderabad.

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Representative image: Shutterstock

Local police said that the three injured workers were in serious conditions and had been taken to local hospital for treatment. The explosion happened in an open cast mine, but the cause is still unknown.

The workers were thought to be drilling holes to fill with explosives in order to blast large stones and access coal when the incident happened. According to newspaper Hindustan Times, a preliminary investigation suggested that the explosives went off accidentally. All four of the deceased are thought to have died instantly.

A national union has called for an immediate investigation by the local government and for the families of the deceased to be paid Rs 1 crore (around £106,000) in compensation. The Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) also called for the injured workers to be paid Rs 50 lakh (around £53,000) each.

Some union leaders suggested that the coal mine’s management is to blame for the incident as safety officers were not present at the time. 

Police have opened an investigation into the incident and all remaining explosives and detonators have been sent for analysis.

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