Victim of Baghjan oil well inferno commits suicide

NET News Desk

One Sukleswar Neog, a victim of the Baghjan Oil Well Crisis has ended his life by consuming poison. Reportedly Neog committed suicide as he was in distress due to the delay in determining the compensation by the Oil India Limited (OIL).

45-year-old Neog was a fisherman and is survived by his wife and five daughters. Neog after losing his home and property to the oil well inferno has been staying in a relief camp.

As per reports, 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.

The death of Neog has triggered a massive protest which has paralyzed all operations at the oil well.

Well number 5 at Baghjan in Tinsukia district has been spewing gas uncontrollably since May 27 and it caught fire on June 9, killing two firefighters of the OIL at the site.

As reported in The Assam Tribune, 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.

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.