Union reiterates demand to shift firing range

ITANAGAR, May 29: The All Dullungmukh Area Students’ Union (ADASU) has reiterated its demand to shift the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) firing range – where bombing practices are conducted by the IAF – from Dullungmukh to some other suitable place.
On Tuesday, the ADASA submitted a memorandum to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman during her visit to the state capital, drawing her attention to the danger being posed by the bombing practice to the people living in close proximity of the firing range.
The memorandum stated that the environmental and sound pollution being caused due to heavy and regular bombing practices is not only causing serious health hazards but also posing great danger to the life and property of the people of the area.
The defence minister was also apprised of the incident in which a person was killed in 1992 during a bombing practice in the firing range.
“But no compensation has been given to the victim’s family till date,” the memorandum said.
It further informed the defence minister that the range in Dullungmukh witnessed one of the heaviest bombings during the ‘Gaganshakti’ exercise of the IAF, which the union said had “crossed all limits.”