PSU vigilance officer killed in mine lift crash | India News

JAIPUR: Upendra Pandey, chief vigilance officer of Hindustan Copper Ltd, was killed when a lift collapsed in Kolihan mines near Rajasthan’s Khetri town Tuesday night. Fourteen other staffers trapped overnight were rescued in a nearly 16-hour operation Wednesday.
A lift carrying a vigilance team into the mine for inspection collapsed after a chain snapped.The 15 employees of the PSU were then trapped at a depth of 1,640ft at 7.45pm. A K Sharma, DGM of Kolihan mines, and two workers sustained multiple fractures. All three were battling for their lives at a hospital in Jaipur.
13 employees rescued from HCL mine in four batches
The rescue was carried out by the state disaster relief force and safety teams of HCL with the help of local police. “Initially, three officers were rescued and taken to a private hospital on Sikar Road. Later, others trapped in the copper mine were taken out in three batches of five, two and three persons. However, the rescuers found one body, which was identified as that of Upendra Pandey, the company’s CVO,” Khetri DSP Julfikar Ali told TOI from the accident spot.
Kolihan mines of Khetri Copper Complex (KCC) is located in Rajasthan’s Neem Ka Thana district. Nearly 18 ambulances and 20 doctors had reached the site along with paramedical staff by 9 pm on Tuesday for the operation. District collector Sharad Mehra and SP Praveen Nayak also reached the spot. “The injured were happy and relieved when the rescue team reached them at 7 in the morning,” Ali said. By 11.40am, all the trapped employees had been rescued.
The trapped persons were pulled up to 1,180ft with the help of ropes, pulleys and motor lift. From that level, there’s road connectivity to the ground, and vehicles were sent inside the mine to bring out the injured.

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