Mining kills two in Solan

Reckless mining along the Waknaghat-Mamlig Road killed two persons, while three others got injured around 10.30 am today. The mishap occurred when a JCB machine was extracting stones from a site along the Waknaghat-Mamlig Road, thereby leading to a sizeable portion of the hillock caving in and blocking the road.

This caused huge boulders to slide down and fall into a nullah. This created a scare among a group of villagers, who were preparing to cremate a body from a nearby village in the hillock lying opposite the affected road.

A septuagenarian Parmanand and Nitesh (18) were killed as they got buried under huge boulders, while another person Santosh Kumar received grievous injuries. Two other persons also received simple injuries.

While Mining Officer Sarit Kumar said he would enquire into the issue, he clarified that no permission to carry out any mining had been granted at the site and a show-cause notice would be issued to Tarsem Bharti, who owned the JCB machine, and was also operating a stone crusher at a nearby site.

Superintending Engineer of the PWD Suresh Ganju confirmed that no such permission had been granted to extract boulders for any activity pertaining to widening of the road.

DSP (Headquarters) Hemant Kumar said a case under Sections 336, 337 and 304-A, IPC, had been registered against the JCB driver, supervisory staff and the owner would also be booked for this reckless act.