Worker killed in marble mine blast

Updated November 13, 2018

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Locals say landowners, lease holders and agents earn billions of rupees from mines but labours are exposed to threat. — File photo
Locals say landowners, lease holders and agents earn billions of rupees from mines but labours are exposed to threat. — File photo

BUNER: One labourer was killed and two others suffered injuries when explosives planted at a marble mine went prematurely in Bhai Khan Bampokha area here on Monday.

According to police, Bakhtyar, a resident of Nanseer Buner, was killed in the incident while Sahibzada, a resident of Alisher Torwarsak, and Ghafar, a resident of Bampokha, received serious injuries in explosion in a marble mine.

The local people rushed to the spot and shifted the injured workers to the nearby rural health centre in Jowar.

They were provided with first aid there and then referred to district headquarters hospital.

Jowar police registered a case on the complaint of Ghafar and started investigation.

It merits a mention here that Salarzai Bampokha region has marble resources. The marble from the area are transported to parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in a large quantity.

According to locals, these marble mines fulfil about 70 per cent requirements of across the country.

The landowners, lease holders and agents are earning billions of rupees but the labours are mostly exposed to threat, they say.

Published in Dawn, November 13th, 2018