A large part of the mountain cracked during mining in the Aravalli hills at 8:30 am on Saturday morning in Tosham area of Bhiwani district of Haryana. In this, 20 to 25 people were buried under the stones. By 3.30 pm, the bodies of 3 laborers were taken out. 4 Poklen machines, 2 haul machines, 2 tractors and 6 trolleys and dumpers were buried under the stones weighing hundreds of tons that fell due to the cracking of the mountain.
As soon as the information about the accident was received, the Bhiwani district administration started relief and rescue operations. NDRF teams are also engaged in this. At the same time, the part of the mountain that fell, there are three big stones in it, which are difficult to remove. The police and administration banned the media from visiting the spot.
Agriculture Minister JP Dalal, who reached the spot after the accident, said that some people have died but I cannot give exact figures right now. The team of doctors has arrived. We are trying to save as many people as possible. Rescue work has been started and police have also reached the spot. According to sources, some of the injured are being taken to Hisar.
The cause of the mountain's slippage is yet to be ascertained. Whether the mountain has slipped on its own or whether this accident happened due to the blast, nothing can be said about it yet. The injured are being pulled from the rubble and sent to the hospital.
In the Khanak and Dadam of the Tosham region, mountain mining is carried out on a large scale. Mining work was banned two months ago due to pollution. The NGT had given permission to resume mining operations on Thursday itself. Mining work was started on Friday after getting permission from NGT. The shortage of building material was also felt due to the closure of mining work for two months. To overcome this shortage, there is also a possibility of blasting on a large scale.