The Supreme Court of India pulled up the Meghalaya Government expressing dissatisfaction over rescue efforts of the 15 miners trapped since 13th December. The top court heard petition requesting for urgent steps in rescue efforts.
The SC judge Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri told the Meghalaya government who was represented by Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta that :-
“We’re not satisfied with rescue operations. No matter whether they are all dead, some alive, few dead or all alive, they should be taken out. We pray to God they are alive. Tell us by tomorrow(Friday), because for people who are trapped, every second counts.”
The Meghalaya Government informed the supreme court that 86 people were on site working to rescue the trapped miners.
The NDRF team that is helping with rescue believe the miners may be dead. The divers who went into the mine encountered a foul odour. It is still inconclusive if the foul smell was coming from dead corpses or stagnant water.