DOOMDOOMA, July 29 - In utter frustration about their future, the affected people of the Baghjan Gas Well blowout disaster sat on a �hunger strike� for an indefinite period of time under the aegis of Baghjan Gaon Milanjyoti Yuva Sangha since Wednesday morning on the premises of Baghjan-Dighaltarrang ME School where these people have been taking shelter for the last 64 days.
The president of Baghjan Gaon Milanjyoti Yuva Sangha, Satyajit Moran, told this correspondent, �The Oil India Limited (OIL) has yet to get success in dousing the fire and capping the BGR-5 of Baghjan Oilfield even after 64 days. No one can realise how we have passed these two months and four days in utter misery. Except the shower of promises, we have not got anything either from the OIL or from the government.�
�Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal came to Baghjan and showered a lot of promise. He assured us that the proper enquiry into the blowout incident will be carried out and those who are found guilty will be punished. The affected people will get adequate compensation. A higher secondary school, a technical education institute, a model hospital, a veterinary hospital and many more promise were made by the Chief Minister. He also promised us that all these developmental projects would be started immediately. But, even after two months, we have not seen any sign of implementing those promises,� Hazarika added.
�We are now frustrated. We can�t bear atrocities any more. So, we are bound to go for fast- unto-death,� said the youth leader.
The protesters demanded the OIL to douse the fire and cap the blowout well immediately, to provide adequate compensation to all the victims of the disaster and to fulfil all the demands enlisted in the charter of demands given to the OIL as well as to the State government. They also protested against the draft Environmental Impact Assessment, 2020.