Oil India Limited on September 18 asked agitating organizations at Baghjan oil well blowout site in Tinsukia district of Assam to lift the blockade which is obstructing the rescue work at the site where fire has been raging for last 100 days.
OIL officials wrote to Baghjan Gaon Yuba Milanjyoti Sangha, which is spearheading the protests near the Baghjan number 5 oil well in Tinsukia causing obstruction to workers at the site.
“From the initial days of Baghjan no. 5 oil blowout, you people are giving all assistance to us by standing with us during our bad days. Therefore, we thanked you for your kind assistance by helping us during the rough days,” the OIL letter stated.
“We are working hard to control the fire at Baghjan no. 5 oil well for the last several months but due to some technical reason, we are not successful fully in our attempt. Our main work is to present at the site and to review the ongoing work to avoid any kind of eventualities,” stated in the letter.
From September 16, the affected villagers of Baghjan under the banner of Baghjan Gaon Yuba Milanjyoti Sangha blocked the Baghjan EPS and road to Tinsukia and Doomdooma for an indefinite period.
The roads have been blocked in protest against the delay in payment of compensation.
The agitated villagers staged a protest on the road by making a makeshift camp for pressing for their demand.