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Miner death in coalfield

Durgapur, July 11: A miner was killed and another injured when coal chunks fell on them while they were inspecting the roof of an Eastern Coalfields Ltd (ECL) colliery in Raniganj early today.

An eight-feet-by-six-feet chunk fell on 50-year-old Dhruba Jowardar’s head at the Pure Searsole Colliery.

“Jowardar was inspecting the coal ceiling before beginning mining work when it crumbled and fell on his head. The roof may have become feeble because of blasts set off to break big coal chunks underground,” a police officer said.

Another coal chunk fell in Anand Kumar, who was working a little distance away. But he ducked and the chunk fell on his chest.

The two were taken to the ECL hospital in Sanctoria, where Jowardar was declared brought dead. Doctors said Kumar might have fractured his ribs.

Left, Trinamul and Congress-backed trade unions demonstrated outside the colliery office to demanded immediate compensation for Jowardar’s family.

“The victim’s family must be given a compensation of Rs 5 lakh because he died in an accident while working. The company should also give Rs 1.12 lakh as death benefit with a job for Jowardar’s wife Papiya,” said Kishore Ghatak, a central committee member of the Citu-backed Colliery Mazdur Sabha India in Raniganj.

The general manager of the Satgram mining area of ECL, Narayan Jha, talked to the agitators and Papiya, following which the agitation was withdrawn around 1pm.

“We have already given Jowardar’s wife a provisional appointment and Rs 50,000 in cash for the cremation and performance of his last rites. The family will get other monetary compensation according to ECL norms in such cases,” Jha said.