NEW DELHI: Six people, including two women and three
, were killed and three critically injured when a
village limestone quarry
caved in on Saturday morning in MP’s Shahdol district. The
were working in a five- to six-foot-deep quarry in Papredi village, the likes of which are common in these parts, to excavate limestone. Around 10 villagers had entered the mine when it collapsed at around 8 am.
"It was the farm of a local. Extracting such minerals is allowed for local villagers. There is normal soil for fivesix feet and below it there is white soil, like limestone," collector Satendra Singh told TOI. CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan expressed grief at the deaths and announced compensation of Rs 4 lakh each for the families of the dead. Ex-CM Kamal Nath also expressed condolences.
Those killed in the mine collapse in
were identified as 13-year-olds Mangal Saket and Rajesh Saket, 16-year-old Rohit Chowdhary, Arjun (23), Hirawati (42) and Buti Bai (60). They were from Papredi and Boddiha villages. Four others were severely injured and three of them were sent to a district hospital in critical condition. A backhoe loader was used to dig out the bodies.
Meanwhile, the district collector ordered the quarry to be demolished and the ground levelled. CMShivraj Singh Chouhan said Rs 5,000 has been given to the kin of those killed for the last rites, and Rs 10,000 each as interim relief. The injured will be treated at state expense.