3 people died due to inhaling poisonous gas while catching porcupine

Three people (hunters) died after inhaling toxic gases emanating from a mountain cave in Jharkhand’s Garhwa district. The incident took place in Tetam forest of Meral police station area. The deceased have been identified as Upendra Korwa in Chakri village of Dandai police station area, while Shyam Bihari Korwa and father Umesh Korwa are trapped in a cave of stone rocks 20 feet below.

9 youth of Korwa (Scheduled Tribe) caste of Chakri Tola of Dandai police station area had gone out for hunting in the mountain. Six youths descended into the rocky cave about 20 feet below to catch the porcupine, while the other two youths entered the cave in turn. When the third man reached the turn of the cave, he suffocated and fell unconscious. After that two other companions somehow pulled him out of the cave, but he was found dead.

On receiving the information, Meral police station in-charge Shivlal Kumar Gupta, SI Ajit Kumar reached the spot along with the police force. According to the information, local people and police personnel who reached the spot are trying to rescue both the people trapped in the cave. At the same time, Poclain has been called to excavate the cave, but due to the rocky hill, it was not possible to bring out the people trapped in the cave from Poclain. After giving information about the incident, the police have called the NDRF team.

Confirming the news, SDPO Garhwa Awadh Kumar Yadav said, “Poclain machine has been installed to rescue 2 people trapped in the cave, but it is proving to be insufficient, so NDRF team has been called from Ranchi.”

(EW correspondent)