Protest march against IAF bombing zone in Arunachal

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HT Correspondent

PASIGHAT, June 12: Massive protest by local villagers against Air Force bombing zone at Dollungmukh in Kamle district of Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday demanded shifting of bombing zone. The local villagers carried out peace march having banner and national flag demanding justice and shouted slogans against Indian Air Force (IAF).

The protesters sternly opposed the bombing zone and firing site at Dollungmukh for the safety and security of their lives and properties. They have demanded the government to ensure safety and security of their lives and properties.

It may be recalled that bombing drill by IAF at Dollungmukh on June 7, left a local villager seriously injured and killed four domesticated mithuns. The incident occurred when an IAF fighter plane dropped a bomb over Ruyu village in Dollungmukh set up out of the bombing zone.

One Bini Todum, a retired SSB soldier, who was severely injured with multiple limb fractures, has been shifted to Tomo Riba Institute of Health Medical Sciences (TRIHMS) in Itanagar.

“We have been demanding the central government to shift the bombing zone from the existing location, but nothing has been fruited. The government should provide safety and security of our lives and livestock from air force bombers”, said Bini Ranjan, a social activist of Dollungmukh on Tuesday.

A student leader Bini Noga lamented that explosives chemicals and high decibel sound of fighter plan is adversely affecting on the community health in Dollungmukh area, but the Central and state government is not paying heed to our grievances. He cautioned of rigorous movement against the authority if their demand is unheard.

Earlier in December last year, the villagers submitted memorandum to Arunachal chief minister Pema Khandu and minister of state (Home) Kiren Rijiju demanding shifting of the bomb drill area from Dollungmukh.

Meanwhile, Air Force authority has ordered a court of inquiry into the recent incident at Dollungmukh during a routine bombing exercise involving Sukhoi-30 fighter aircraft.

A statement, issued by an air force spokesperson based in Shillong, said the person had sustained shrapnel injuries following bombings by an aircraft. The air force official, however, claimed that the exercise had been conducted inside its Dollungmukh range and the person could have encroached into the zone. The air force fighter planes take off from the Tezpur base in Assam for the drills.

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