MISAMARI, April 24 - An air of grief has engulfed Dighaljuri, a remote hamlet near Sona-Rupai Sanctuary along the Assam-Arunachal Border under Misamari police station in Sonitpur district, after reaching the seven bodies of the families who had lost their lives in the tragic landslide incident in Tawang of Arunachal Pradesh on April 20 following the incessant rain during the past few days in the hilly State.
The deceased have been identified as Jiten Orang (27), Arun Saikia (30), Nirjal Tanti (25), Ramesh Orang (17), Dakhbir Minz (26), Lajruj Baghwar (23) and Mahipal Orang (25).
It is worth mentioning that the inhabitants of the economically poor village falling under the Jiagabharu Gaon Panchayat earn their livelihood by working as daily wage labourers either at their own place or going outside the State. The seven victims also went to Tawang in search of work.
According to one Gopal Deka, a social worker of the area, Dighaljuri village is a peaceful home of 70 families, including Adivashi, Nepali, Boro and Assamese people. �The bodies of seven victims were cremated publicly after the last rites. Their shraddha will also be performed publicly under the aegis of social organisations like ABSU, AASU, AASAA, AGSU etc,� Deka said, adding that the last rites of Faruk Ahmed of Dhekiajuli, who also lost his life in the same incident, was performed at his hometown Dhekiajuli on Sunday. The Sonitpur district unit of differently-abled association expressed deep condolence.
Meanwhile, on Sunday morning, the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju, conveying his deep condolence to the departed soul of those who died in the tragic incident and a message to the bereaved families through the media here said that a step has been taken up to provide immediate assistance of Rs 4 lakh from the Central Government and Rs 1 lakh from the Arunachal Government to the victim families.
Rijiju, who was briefing the media here on Sunday at Inspector General�s Headquarter (IGH) (Frontier) SSB, Tezpur, regarding the devastative natural calamity, said that properties of more than worth Rs 2 crore of have been damaged.