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Four miners die in mishap

Shillong, Feb. 5: Four miners died yesterday when a coal mine in Meghalaya’s South Garo Hills district caved in.

According to police, around 8.30am, the coal mine belonging to Renzi Lama Sherpa at Garegittim caved in leading to the instantaneous death of four labourers.

The area, which falls under Nangalbibra police station, is more than 400km from here and is located in the state’s western region. Police say that the area is also highly infested with militants.

The miners have been identified as Ratna Barman, 38, Debokantho Barman, 32, Bishwanath Barman, 30, and Piterson Marak.

While three dead bodies have been recovered, Marak’s body was yet to be retrieved, police said.

South Garo Hills superintendent of police Davis N. Marak said following the incident, a suo motu case has been registered against Sherpa who hails from Patarigittim. However, the mine owner is absconding, as police did not find him when they went to his house.

Trader released

Militants belonging to the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) today released a coal exporter in Meghalaya’s South Garo Hills from their captivity.

Naga M. Sangma, 39, younger brother of Independent legislator Samuel M. Sangma, was released this morning in an area between Chokpot and Gasuapara bordering Bangladesh, police said.

The area is around 400km from Shillong, in the state’s western region.

On January 30, four armed GNLA rebels abducted Sangma from his house in Gasuapara.

“We came to know that he has reached his house at Gasuapara early this morning. However, we do not know if ransom was paid for his release as we have not been able to interrogate him,” a police official said.

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