The real tragedy is not that gas leaks out of tanks but that our country has a pathological inability to deliver justice
On 27 December 1975, workers deep inside a coal mine at Chasnala, around 30km from Dhanbad, turned up for work, wading through water. Water seepage can be a major safety concern in mines. Walls can collapse without warning and kill dozens in a flash. The mine at Chasnala was particularly vulnerable. It sat next to an old, abandoned mine that tended to fill up with rain water. All that stood between the miners in the new worksite and the reservoir in the old was a thin barrier of rock and coal.