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6 feared killed in Kharghuli landslide

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, March 23 � Six persons were feared killed following a landslide at Joypur area, Kharghuli (near Don Bosco Institute) under Latasil police station around 5-15 pm today.

Three of the bodies recovered were confirmed as dead till filing of this report at 8-20 pm.

The incident occurred when the workers were engaged in earth-cutting for construction of a wall.

There were about ten workers engaged at the site when the mishap took place.

City SSP Deepak Choudhury said that the bodies of six persons trapped inside loose earth were recovered and sent to the Guwahati Medical College Hospital (GMCH) in a 108 EMRI emergency van.

"The bodies of six persons were recovered after a prolonged rescue operation where NDRF and Army personnel were also engaged," Choudhury said.

A source in the 108 EMRI confirmed that three persons were dead.

Following the tragedy, questions are also being raised on the issue of earth-cutting on the hills despite there being ban on it. In fact, the ban on earth-cutting remains on paper only as there is little effort on the part of the district administration to enforce the prohibitory order.

The City SSP said that the matter concerning earth-cutting on the hill would also be investigated into and action initiated on anyone found guilty.

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6 feared killed in Kharghuli landslide

GUWAHATI, March 23 � Six persons were feared killed following a landslide at Joypur area, Kharghuli (near Don Bosco Institute) under Latasil police station around 5-15 pm today.

Three of the bodies recovered were confirmed as dead till filing of this report at 8-20 pm.

The incident occurred when the workers were engaged in earth-cutting for construction of a wall.

There were about ten workers engaged at the site when the mishap took place.

City SSP Deepak Choudhury said that the bodies of six persons trapped inside loose earth were recovered and sent to the Guwahati Medical College Hospital (GMCH) in a 108 EMRI emergency van.

"The bodies of six persons were recovered after a prolonged rescue operation where NDRF and Army personnel were also engaged," Choudhury said.

A source in the 108 EMRI confirmed that three persons were dead.

Following the tragedy, questions are also being raised on the issue of earth-cutting on the hills despite there being ban on it. In fact, the ban on earth-cutting remains on paper only as there is little effort on the part of the district administration to enforce the prohibitory order.

The City SSP said that the matter concerning earth-cutting on the hill would also be investigated into and action initiated on anyone found guilty.