"These reports do not seem to be a year and a half old. They appear to have been made recently," a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said after going through some of the documents pertaining to the July 6, 2012 incident.
It also questioned the investigation the state government and claimed that it is looking into the incident, saying "What investigation? If you could not find out anything then (2012), what will your investigation do now? We don't know what to say about all this except that it speaks volumes about
your work."
The bench made the remark after the state government, while admitting that such an incident had taken place, contended that it can't say how many people were trapped in the accident and a probe is on to ascertain that.
The Tribunal had on October 7 directed Meghalaya to submit the entire records of the incident, including those relating to the probe into the accident, number of workers who worked in the mine, etc and it had also sought the presence of the state government's Principal Secretary of Mining and Geology Department.
"You come out with the truth or we will dig it out", the NGT had warned Meghalaya government after it stated that the 15 persons, who were allegedly trapped inside a coal mine in Garo Hills in the 2012 mining accident, could have escaped as no bodies were found.
Pursuant to the NGT's order, the Principal Secretary was present before the bench with the entire records of the incident, which were taken into its custody by the Tribunal.


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