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Victim of Baghjan disaster commits suicide

By Correspondent

DOOMDOOMA, July 18 - One Sukleswar Neog (45) , a victim of Baghjan disaster, committed suicide by taking poison. According to information, Neog�s residence and his entire plot of land in Baghjan Gaon, situated around 800 metres distance from BGR-5 of Baghjan Oilfield, was badly damaged by the condensate gushing out of the blowout well. Neog consumed poison this morning out of frustration.

He was first taken to a private nursing home at Rupai Siding here and from there he was shifted to AMCH, Dibrugarh where he breathed his last in the afternoon. According to locals, he was frustrated as OIL failed to give adequate compensation to the victims even after 53 days of the disaster. The deceased and his family members have been living in the relief camp since May 27.

After this incident, the locals blocked the roads leading to the BGR-5 of Baghjan Oilfield at three different places paralysing all the works of OIL. In spite of continuous drizzling, people sat on the road and refused to budge. They even got involved in verbal duel with police and army personnel. The advisor of Baghjan Gaon Milanjyoti Yuva Sangha, Hemanta Moran held OIL responsible for the suicide of Sukleswar Neog. He said that the affected people with great faith on OIL authority waited patiently for the last 53 days. But, now they would not wait anymore. They would continue their protest until all the victims get adequate compensation from the OIL, Moran added.

Meanwhile, OIL has given Rs 20 lakh each to 11 families whose dwelling houses were completely gutted in the fire that broke out in the blowout well on June 9. The cheques were handed over to the victim families at a function held at Deputy Commissioner�s Office, Tinsukia on Saturday. MoS for Labour Sanjay Kishan, Tinsukia DC Bhaskar Pegu, SP Shiladitya Chetia and others were present in the programme. The family heads who received the cheques are � Papul Chutia, Ritu Moran, Horuful Pangging, Deep Saikia, Amal Saikia, Bikash Saikia, Sahadev Moran, Hemanto Moran, Lakhindra Moran, Munu Mura and Labanya Saikia.

Meanwhile , Baghjan Gaon Milanjyoti Yuva Sangha filed an FIR against OIL at Baghjan PS stating that OIL was solely responsible for the suicide of Sukleswar Neog. Sangha also appealed to the Deputy Commissioner of Tinsukia through a memorandum to give a compensation of Rs 2 crore to the family of Sukleswar Neog who leaves behind his wife and five daughters.

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