Ranchi: Three women were killed in a blast that occurred during the course of open cast mining being carried out at a hill in Pakur district of Jharkhand on Thursday.

According to the police, some more laboureres were also working at the mining site at the time of the blast carried out for the mining purpose in which other were also burried under the rubble. The mining activity was being carried out illegally, said he police who are on the look out of the owner of the mine who is absconding following the incident.

The incident took place near Arjundaha village of Pakur district, around 500 km from state capital Ranchi.

Police sources said more than 150 stone mines are operating illegally in Pakur. Stone extracted from here is supplied to stone crushers for making chips used in building construction, said the police.

Courtesy: indileak