The Central Regional Police Command has arrested two persons, suspected to be the owners of an illegal mining pit in Bremang in the Upper Denkyira West District of the Central Region, that caved in and killed three persons on Wednesday, 26 May 2021.
Fifteen more suspected galamseyers were believed to have been trapped in the pit.
Two others were pulled out of the pit but are in critical condition at the hospital. The suspects have been identified as Kwaku Appiah and Kofi Appiah.
They are currently in custody, assisting the police with investigations. The government recently intensified its fight against illegal mining in the country.
A task force called Operation Halt has been sent to mining areas to arrest all culprits and destroy their mining equipment with which they prospect for gold in the country's water bodies and forest reserves.
Preliminary investigations by the Minerals Commission indicate that the small-scale miners were working illegally at the site which is located within the authorised prospecting area assigned to Adio-Mabas Ghana Limited.
This incident comes at a time when government has renewed the fight against all forms of illegal small-scale mining around the country.
A similar incident occurred in October 2020 when five persons were reported dead after they were trapped in a mining pit in the same district.
Fifteen others, who were also trapped in the cave, sustained various injuries after the incident.
In November 2020, an illegal small-scale mining pit on the outskirts of Ayanfuri collapsed and trapped eight persons between the ages of 24 and 35.
Another life was lost on May 17, 2021 after an underground mining pit in the Anglogold Ashanti Obuasi Mine concession caved in and trapped some workers.