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Two OIL firemen die in Baghjan fire

By OUR Bureau

DIBRUGARH, June 10 - Two firemen of Oil India Limited (OIL) died as a result of the fire at the Baghjan oilwell on Tuesday. The two, Durlov Gogoi and Tikheswar Gohain, were missing since yesterday. Both were deployed at Baghjan due to the ongoing crisis there. Gogoi hails from Namrup and Gohain has his permanent residence at Chabua.

The OIL Chairman and Managing Director, Satish Mishra told newsmen at Duliajan this afternoon that all due compensation and other statutory payments would be made to the families of two dead firemen. A family member from both the families would also be provided employment at OIL. Four other firemen, two from OIL and two from ONGC also suffered injuries yesterday at Baghjan and all the four have been provided medical care.

Mishra said a team of senior OIL officials had a video conference with the Union Petroleum Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan. It is learnt that the Minister directed OIL to take measures to stop the spread of fire and take up relief and rehabilitation measures to all the affected families of the Baghjan area.

The OIL CMD and other senior officials of the company today also had a round of discussions with the Assam Industries Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary at the Tinsukia Circuit House this afternoon. The Minister was basically briefed about the sequence of events, and nothing else came out of the confabulations.

At the Tinsukia Circuit House, a joint delegation of the All Assam Muttuck Sanmilan and the All Assam Muttuck Yuva Chatra Sanmilan met the OIL management team in the presence of Patowary. The Muttuck leaders like Saroj Gohain, David Chetia, Swarup Gohain and others stressed on proper relief and rehabilitation to all the affected families of the Baghjan area, including Natungaon, adjoining the Maguri Beel. The OIL team promised a liberal compensation package.

The Alert-Singapore team today visited the Baghjan flare site to assess the situation and also to prepare the roadmap for the oilwell capping exercises, which will culminate with the installation of the Blow Out Preventer apparatus.

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