Congress president Rahul Gandhi today advised Prime Minister Nraendra Modi to save 15 people trapped in a flooded coal mine in Meghalaya since December 13, instead posing for cameras and strutting on the Bogibeel bridge on the mighty Brahmaputra river in neighbouring Assam after inaugurating it, last evening
He alleged that the government was not organising high-pressure pumps for the rescue operation. “15 miners have been struggling for air in a flooded coal mine for two weeks. Meanwhile, PM struts about on Bogibeel Bridge posing for cameras. His government refuses to organise high-pressure pumps for the rescue. PM please save the miners,” Gandhi tweeted.
The Congress chief said this amid reports that the operation to rescue the 15 miners is hampered by lack of equipment. The miners were trapped after water from the nearby Lytein river suddenly gushed into the pit.
It may be recalled that a senior Meghalaya home department official has said the police force in East Jaintia Hills district, where the mine is located, do not have adequate personnel to deal with the problem.