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Navy divers detect body in Meghalaya mine, families want bodies out

The families of the trapped miners inside an illegal 370-ft flooded coal mine in Meghalaya on Thursday said they want the “bodies” of the miners to be taken out as per the Supreme Court order even as Navy divers captured pictures of a body inside the flooded mine.

The Indian Navy divers on Wednesday used an underwater ROV (remotely operated vehicle) at a depth of about 160 feet in a rat-hole mine at Ksan village in East Jaintia Hills district, with pictures of a body which was pulled up to the mouth of the mine.

“The body will be extracted under the supervision of doctors,” said a Navy spokesperson in a tweet.

“The rescuers showed us video footages of a body stuck inside a coal mine in a computer (underwater ROV). We don’t know whose body it is. We want the government to follow the Supreme Court order to get the bodies out of that coal mine,” said Malik Ali, brother of Munirul Islam, who is among those trapped inside the mine.

One body has been detected by Indian Navy Divers using Underwater ROV at a depth of approx 160 feet and 210 feet inside the rat-hole mine

“We want his body back so that we can give him a decent burial,” Ali told media persons.

The body has been detected 32 days after the miners got trapped inside the mine on December 13 as water gushed in.

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