8 miners killed in gas leak
29 January, 2013
QUETTA: As many as eight coal mine workers lost their lives and two others fainted due to suffocation resulting from a toxic gas leak in a coal mine in Qudrati area of Duki in Loralai District on Monday.
According to the sources, around ten workers were working in a mine when toxic gas filled it. Resultantly, eight miners suffocated to death and two others fell unconscious. The deceased were taken to the nearby hospital. They were identified as Mehrab Khan, Siraj Akbar, Khan Zamin, Shakir, Hazrat Ali, Hakumran, Samiullah and Bhakt Zaman. They all belonged to Puren Tehsil of Shangla in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Loralai Deputy Commissioner Mateen Achkzai, while talking to this correspondent, said that the coal mine has been sealed and a committee established to investigate the incident.
"A case will be registered against the Mines Inspector," he said. The coal mine workers staged a protest demonstration in Duki and demanded action against the local mine contractor, Akbar Kamalkhel.
"The blast took place due to methane gas. Eight workers died on the spot while two others were taken to hospital after being rescued," said Muhammad Iftikhar, provincial chief inspector of mines.
The National Labourer Federation President, Abdul Raheem Dadkhel, condemned the incident and said the government and the company's negligence is the main cause of the incident.