One of the dead bodies being recovered

Tinsukia: The dead bodies of two fire fighters of Oil India Limited (OIL), who went missing after a massive fire broke that out at a gas well at Baghjan oilfield in Assam’s Tinsukia district on Tuesday afternoon, has been recovered from the blowout well site on Wednesday.

According to OIL sources, the fire fighters have been identified as Durlov Gogoi and Tikeswar Gohain.

Confirming the development, sources said, “It is very unfortunate that we have lost our two men. The bodies have burnt beyond recognition.”

Earlier, a massive search operation was launched with the help of NDRF to find out the whereabouts of the missing fire fighters.

The fire continues to rage on Wednesday, gutting down several houses, betel nut trees and whatever came in the way of fire in a radius of around one kilometre.

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The “blowout” occurred on May 27 at a producing gas well number 5 of OIL, situated in close proximity to the national park and the famous migratory birds habitat Maguri-Motapung Beel, while work over operations for extracting gas from new sand (oil and gas bearing reservoir) at a depth of 3,729 metres was on, leaving natural gas and condensate oil to gush out and spill all around, turning an entire area of 1.5 kms, including Baghjan village, into a gas chamber.

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Wishing anonymity, a senior official in the army said, the district administration has requested them to deploy army jawans after violent protests broke out at Baghjan. “We sent a column from Rupai to control the situation,” the senior officer of the Army said.“Our troops played a vital role in evacuation of stranded OIL and ONGCL officials, including the injured fire fighters, besides helping locals to move to safer locations,” the official added.

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