Guwahati: Police resorted to lathi-charge and tear gas shelling on villagers of Baghjan in Tinsukia district on Saturday when the latter was staging a protest demanding compensation for the losses incurred during the oil well blowout that occurred over a year ago.
Quiet, unfortunately, till date, no compensation has been provided to the families affected by the blowout and the fire incident, alleged the locals.
Hundreds of people walk down the stress demanding compensation for the losses incurred during the explosion that occurred in the oil well last year.
Irrespective of the fact that public gathering was banned in the state owning to the COVID 19 pandemic, people were on the streets and staged a blockade at the BGN No.5 oil well entry point demanding compensation for the losses.
Meanwhile, to get of the hold of the situation; the district administration imposed section 144 of the CrPC and asked the protesters to vacate the spot.
Angry locals started to pelt stones at the police personnel and CRPF jawans, injuring at least six on-duty officials. The administration later resorted to baton-charge, tear gas shelling to disperse the crowd.
As many as six people were reported to be injured in the incident.
All the injured people including the officials were rushed to Tinsukia Civil Hospital It may be mentioned that the victims of Baghjan Tragedy have been protesting from time to time seeking full compensation for the damages caused to their land and houses due to the explosion.
The fire had broken out at well number five of the plant on June 9; days after a major blowout took place on May 27, 2020.
Earlier, the NGT expert panel has fixed compensation of Rs 25 lakh to 173 families affected by the blowout and the fire and Rs 20 lakh to 439 families who were less affected.
Moreover, as per a previous statement from Oil India Limited (OIL), the company has released Rs 36.90 crore in compensation till date.
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