first_imgBody of miner Amir Hussain being handed over to his kin.  | Photo Credit: Special Arrangment  “The body was detected by the Navy around 3 am,” district’s Deputy Commissioner Federick M. Dopth said after the local authorities handed over the body of first victim – identified as Amir Hussain (35) – to his widow and uncle at district headquarters Khliehriat.The mine at Khloo Ryngksan, or Ksan, is about 40 km from Khliehriat.Though the Navy and private agencies with sophisticated water-draining pumps and underwater detection devices started working at Ksan from December 30, the National Disaster Response Force and the State Disaster Response Force have been at it since December 14.Also Read  An officer of one of the rescue agencies said locating the maze of rat-holes and the bodies became faster after they contacted Saheb Ali, one of the five survivors of the mishap, at his village in western Assam’s Chirang district.“He provided us diagrams of the mine as well as a fair idea of the depth and length of the rat-holes,” the officer said.Ali and four others, including the sirdar (mine-man manager) and the khatamaster (record-keeper) had clambered up the wires of pump to escape the water that flooded the shaft. Ali had told The Hindu that he had checked with the khatamaster and found there were 17 men down the mine that day, not 15 as officially acknowledged.They were mining illegally since the National Green Tribunal had banned rat-hole coal mining since April 17, 2014. Meghalaya’s rat hole traps center_img An underwater robot engaged by the Indian Navy has detected a second body from a rat-hole tunnel out of a flooded 355 ft coal mine in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district where 15 miners were trapped on December 13.The second body was detected on Saturday by an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV), equipped with an electronic eye and mechanical arms, at a distance of 280 ft in the rat-hole where the first body was detected.  In the 45 days since disaster struck when the miners hit the walls of an adjoining water-filled abandoned mine, the search and rescue personnel detected 26 lateral rat-hole tunnels branching out of the man shaft of the mine “like veins of a leaf”.Hussain’s body was detected more than a week ago from “rat-hole 26” lying 210ft inside a rat-hole from a depth of 160ft of the vertical shaft. The body had fallen from the grip of the ROV to the bottom of the shaft, but was it extracted on Thursday.The body was identified from two amulets around his neck. He was given the amulets for “divine protection” before he left his village Nijdamugaon three months ago.last_img