APCC demands compensation for IAF bombing victims

ITANAGAR, Jun 14: The Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) on Thursday questioned the state government’s silence on the 8 June incident in Dollungmukh in Kamle district, in which a civilian was injured during a bombing practice carried out by the Indian Air Force (IAF), and demanded that suitable compensation be offered to the victim “within a fortnight.”
In a press release, the APCC also urged the state government to take measures for immediate shifting of the IAF’s bombing and drill area to a location devoid of human population.
On 8 June, Bini Todum, a former SSB jawan, suffered multiple fractures in his knee after being hit by shrapnel from a bomb. He is currently undergoing treatment at the TRIHMS, Naharlagun.
“The IAFs’ practice and drill area is in between 11 villages of Dollungmukh circle. Hence, the locals are unable to move out freely for their day-to-day work and cannot go to their fields,” the APCC said.
Saying that the recent incident was not the first one in the area, it said, “In 1992, a resident of Dollungmukh, Bini Tabom, succumbed to injuries sustained in a bombing practice carried out by the IAF, but till date the bereaved family has not received any compensation from either the state government or the IAF.”
The APCC demanded that the state government raise the matter with the Centre at the earliest for granting compensation to late Bini Tabom and Bini Todum.