SHILLONG- Two coal workers from Assam died in a coal mine in South Garo Hills district and there was no media report regarding the matter, Champer Sangma, the petitioner of a pending PIL informed the High Court of Meghalaya on Monday.
Counsel for the petitioner submitted that he has confirmation in such regard from a Superintendent of Police in one of the neighbouring districts of Assam.
However, Counsel submits that the relevant Superintendent has since become wiser and has not answered any further phone calls.
The petitioner submitted that illegal mining and the illegal transportation of illegally-mined coal continues merrily in Meghalaya and even the death of two coal workers from Assam in the South Garo Hills district has gone unnoticed and has not been reported in the newspapers in the state.
The state sought some time despite having received the petitioner’s affidavit on June 19.
On behalf of the respondent, it was submitted that a copy of the petitioner’s latest affidavit should be forwarded.
The matter will appear again on July 4.