The Baghjan Gaon Yuba Milanjyoti Sangha (BGYMS) on Saturday suspended the indefinite road blockade programme for seven days after a discussion with the Tinsukia district administration.

The Sangha, which represents the people who have been affected by the Baghjan fire, had a discussion with the Tinsukia district administration on Friday.

The villagers affected by the Baghjan fire, under the banner of BGYMS, launched a blockade on the road leading towards the Baghjan no 5 oil well and connecting Tinsukia and Doomdooma from September 17.

The blockade has affected the ongoing work of Oil India Limited (OIL) causing immense problems for the workers working at Baghjan no 5 oil well.

On Friday, the OIL had sent a letter to BGYMS requesting them to lift the blockade.

Talking to Northeast Now on Saturday over the phone, Satyajit Moran, president of Baghjan Gaon Yuba Milanjyoti Sangha said, “We have temporarily suspended our blockade programme for seven days after discussion with Tinsukia deputy commissioner at Tinsukia DC office. They assured us that within seven days, the matter of compensation would be solved.”

He further said, “We launched the blockade programme at Baghjan EPS because we want to stop the production till our demand is fulfilled.”

“We have demanded rented houses for the accommodation of the affected people. The Tinsukia district administration has been taking steps for the accommodation facilities of the people by providing them rented houses,” Moran added.

Avik Chakraborty

Avik Chakraborty is Northeast Now Correspondent in Dibrugarh. He can be reached at: babs8oct@gmail.com