The Indian Air Force (IAF) has rushed three fire tenders to control the massive fire that broke out at the Baghjan oilfield gas explosion site.

The IAF rushed the fire tenders after Assam chief minister Sarbananada Sonowal spoke to Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh seeking assistance from the Indian Air Force (IAF) to douse the fire.

Sonowal also talked to Union Home Minister Amit Shah over the phone and apprised him about the fire at the gas well of Oil India Limited (OIL) at Baghjan.

Meanwhile, teams of police, paramilitary, and NDRF are present at the spot and they are working towards ensuring the safety of the locals in the area.

The chief minister also talked to Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan regarding the Baghjan incident.

Meanwhile, Sonowal has directed Assam industries and commerce minister Chandra Mohan Patowary to immediately visit Baghjan and take stock of the situation.

Apart from his earlier telephonic conversation, the chief minister on Tuesday evening had a video conference with the Pradhan, officers of the Petroleum Ministry and the foreign experts, who came from Singapore and took stock of the ground situation.

Sonowal while expressing his apprehension about the impact of the fire on the environment and people living in the fringe areas, stressed the need of putting out the fire at the earliest to ensure a conducive living condition for the people.

Pradhan apprised the CM of all the steps and technological interventions being made in a synergistic way by all the stakeholders in putting the situation under control. He also informed that even air force has been kept on standby to deal with exigencies.

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