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    Firefighters of the Baghjan Tragedy Laid to Rest with State Honours

    The deceased firefighters were amongst the team which was working at the Baghjan well site when the explosion took place on Tuesday

    Guwahati: The two fire-fighters of the Oil India Limited who lost their lives trying to control the flames of in Baghjan were laid to rest with full state honours.

    Various organisations and people close to the deceased namely Durlov Gogoi and Tikheswar Gohain paid tribute to them and prayed for their heavenly peace.

    Durlov Gogoi, one amongst the two firefighters of the Baghjan fire tragedy, was also a former state soccer player. He was the former goalkeeper in the state team and an Assistant Operator in OIL.

    He had also led the under21 state football team. He survived by his wife and a child.

    The sports fraternity in the state has also mourned his demise. 

    Sources said Gogoi and his fellow fire figher Tikheswar Gohain were amongst the team which was working at the Baghjan well site when the explosion took place on Tuesday.

    Assam Chief Minister has directed for completing the last rites of both the deceased with full state honors.

    In an attempt to survive, they jumped into a nearby water body. On Wednesday, the duos bodies were recovered by National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) personnel.

    Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that the state government would do all the needful to provide relief to the victim families.

    Chief Minister Sonowal also urged the Petroleum Minister to offer employment to one family member each of both the families apart from providing adequate compensation.

    A massive fire broke out at the production well of the Baghjan oil field of OIL, which was blown out on May 27, on Tuesday. A day later too, the fire is yet to be controlled.

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