The men reportedly drowned in Chiadzwa on Saturday after they jumped into a slime dam as they sought to evade arrest by security officers at the Diamond Mining Company (DMC) concession, according to a report in NewsDay citing the Centre for Research and Development (CRD). The rights groups said the bodies of the deceased were retrieved from the slime dam on Monday.
“Information coming indicates that panners were seen panning for diamonds on the ridge near Chiadzwa slime dam in the DMC concession," the CRD said. "Guards opened fire and the panners, fearing a reaction team, scattered. Three dived into the dam in their bid to escape. Two drowned, but one survived,” the organization added.