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BIHAR-The Chasnala Tragedy

January 10, 1976 BIHAR The Chasnala Tragedy Arun Sinha IN coal-rich Dhanbad, near which 372 miners, according to official figures, died of drowning in the deluged Chas- nala colliery last week, there stands a 'safety' hoarding every few yards. Most walls bear slogans which assure the miners: "Your life is most precious". At some places, the hoardings are faded. But that is no problem: a slogan-writer can be summoned in minutes from Dhanbad to put up fresh paint. Painters, who abound in the coal city, make a good living out of painting hoardings. There is one problem, though; they inscribe their slogans in English and Hindi, neither of which language the unschooled miners under- ed. 'Safety weeks' too are organised regularly. Mine disasters and deaths are all too frequent, however. Yet the coalminers are not deterred

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