Four members of a family died while a fifth was seriously injured when a section of the Madhaipur open cast mine of Eastern Coalfields Ltd in Bengal’s Durgapur collapsed and buried them alive.
Officials said the family from Madhaipur village in West Burdwan district had sneaked into the restricted area and were digging for coal illegally when the collapse occurred. Locals alerted authorities on the accident and teams from Eastern Coalfields mounted a rescue. But Anna Bauri, Shyamal Bauri, Natabor Bauri and Pinky Bauri (23) didn’t survive, an official said. The fifth person was admitted to a hospital.