The Arunachal Pradesh Women’s Welfare Society (APWWS) has urged the Pema Khandu Government to extend financial support to 80 year old Bini Todum, who was seriously injured when an Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter plane dropped a bomb during one of its regular drills over Ruyu village in Dollungmukh circle of Kamle district on June 8 last.
The APWWS further called on the State Government to take up the matter with the IAF.
A retired SSB soldier, Todum is currently admitted at the Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Sciences in Naharlagun.
An injured Todum was brought to the Tomo Riba Institute of Health & Medical Sciences (TRIHMS) in Naharlagun from the NHPC dispensary in Gogamukh of Assam, where he had received initial treatment.
A team of the APWWS visited Todum on Thursday at the hospital to enquire about his health.
The relatives attending on him informed the team that other than help from individuals, there has been no offer of help from the state or the IAF.
The family informed that IAF personnel had visited Todum in the hospital, but the family has not heard from them again.
Dr Lenin Ligu who is treating Todum said that he is recovering well after the surgery.
Todum is still finding it difficult to move his left leg and can barely stand.
Todum was in the premises of his home when the bomb struck, injuring him and damaging his home.
Notably Ruyu village falls outside the demarcated bombing range of the IAF.
Incidentally, it was not the first such incident in the area.
In 1992, Dollungmukh resident Bini Tabom succumbed to injuries sustained in a similar practice carried out by the IAF.
Tabom’s family have till date not received any compensation from the IAF or the state government.