ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Vol XI Nos 1 and 2 January 10, 1976 MORE than two weeks after the flooding of one of the mines in the Chasnala colliery, one still does not have a coherent, factual account of the disaster from any official authority. In all the official briefings, there has hardly been any real information; for instance, even now one does not know exactly how many persons were working in the mines when they got flooded. First reports said that there were 372 of them; later, one of the briefing authorities acknowledged that there were indeed "discrepancies" between the figures in the 'Attendance Register' and the figure' in the 'Can Lamp Register', and that there might be, "at the maximum', another 20 'thikka' workers inside the mine. Still later, it was reported that one of the persons whose name was in the Attendance Register, and who had been given up for dead, had suddenly made his appearance and had quite a job proving that he was in fact alive. Then it was admitted that there was a system of "substitute labour'"

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