Local media reported that 6 coal miners have died in an accident inside an abandoned coal mine near Rymbai area in East Jaintia Hills in Meghalaya in India on January 21 evening. The coal miners reportedly fell into around 150 feet deep while they were digging a tunnel. It seemed that the crane malfunctioned and snapped. The box carrying the six persons plunged into the 100-120-feet deep pit. Local police recovered the bodies of six miners from the site with the help of local villagers next morning.
Meghalaya police have registered a case under sections of The Mines and Mineral (Development and Regulation) Act and the Indian Penal Code and started investigation.
In 2018, at least 15 labourers were trapped inside an illegal coal mine in East Jaintia Hills and following the incident the court had banned coal mining activities in the state.