STATE OF MEGHALAYA V. ALL DIMASA STUDENTS UNION & ORS.
The significant Judgment by the Honorable Supreme Court of India has spurred up the talks on the illegal rat-hole mines in the country. The case that happened in the hills of Meghalaya’s East Jaintia were, fifteen miners encroached into a flooded coal mine which had become the most significant human tragedy of the illegal rat-hole mining that continues under the very nose of the authorities. The rat-hole mining means, the miners are involved in the digging of narrow and barely three to four high tunnels for the workers to pass through it, to extract the coal which earns a high profit. Water from the river flooded the mine, only five miners were able to climb the mine, rest all were trapped heavily criticised officials for being sluggish in mounting an effective rescue operation.