The blasting was carried out before the landslide in the village of Mahendragarh, according to a preliminary investigation: The Tribune India

Tribune press service

Ravinder Saini

Mahendragarh, January 20

Preliminary investigation into the landslide in the village of Jainpur here yesterday revealed that explosions had also taken place at Aravalli hill before the incident which left one dead and another injured on Wednesday.

It was also revealed that illegal mining was carried out down to 25ft, indicating that the illegal activity had been going on for a long time, sources said.

“The investigation team, led by Narnaul SDM Manoj Kumar, discovered that the landslide occurred while stone excavation work was underway at the bottom of the hill after the explosions. buried under the rubble. One of them, Subhash from the village of Raiya ka Baans (Rajasthan), died instantly and his body was extracted from the rubble by his teammates using a JCB machine,” the authorities said. sources.

The sources claimed that two to three other people were also present at the time but all left from there taking the body and the injured to a private hospital in Rajasthan. A team from the district administration and the police then seized detonators, a rope used in the explosion, gunpowder, etc. on the spot. “The incident location is in the Aravalli area where all kinds of mining activities are prohibited. The area is so dangerous that there is a high possibility of a big accident if mining activities are carried out there. “, added the sources.

SDM Manoj Kumar said at first glance it appears that illegal mining has been going on at the incident site for the past few months. However, about a month and a half ago he had written to local mining offices and the police to check on the illegal mining, if any, taking place in the Aravalli area. “Subsequently, deep pits were also dug at various places in the Aravalli area so that no one could indulge in them illegally. The investigation is still ongoing and an interim report in this regard will soon be submitted to the deputy commissioner,” said SDM DC Ajay Kumar could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.

Five reserved, one retained in Narnaul

Nangal Choudhary Police filed a complaint under the Mines and Minerals (Regulation of Development) Act, Explosive Substances Act and Sections 120-B, 188, 304, 379 and 511 of the IPC against five people Jagdish, Gyan Chander, Bhula Ram, Jairam and Gyani from Raiya ka Baans village (Rajasthan). One of them was arrested in Rajasthan, police said.

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