Sonic boom: NPYF urges armed forces to cease all air exercises

DIMAPUR, MAR 7 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/7/2020 12:15:18 PM IST

National People’s Youth Front (NPYF) of the National People’s Party (NPP) Nagaland state unit has appealed to the Indian armed forces to cease all air exercises over populated areas in Nagaland including Dimapur as citizens were being exposed to “far reaching consequences like shock, uneasiness and borderline agitation” due to the consistent sonic boom.

In a press release, NPP youth wing general secretary (org) Jaser Meru stated that the Indian Air Force has been conducting “combat aircraft manoeuvres” over the past few weeks on multiple occasions, adding that there was a sense of unease when a large explosion rocks the very foundations of buildings. 

NPP state youth wing maintained that the lack of notification to the public of when they would have to endure the shocks of sonic booms could startle everyone. It stated that the unannounced shocks could have detrimental consequences on the general public. “Such shocks can threaten the life of heart patients causing undue trauma,” NPYF stated.

Further, NPP youth wing maintained that shocks of sonic booms could also lead to several psychological problems to many people especially pregnant women, new-born babies and old people. “It may cause road accidents and even make surgery a life threatening event due to surgeons cutting his/her patient out of shock by mistake,” NPYF stated. Other possible ramifications of those explosions, NPP youth wing said could include damage to standing buildings and shattering of glass panes causing life-threatening situation. It claimed irreparable cracks have developed in buildings due to tremor waves of the sonic boom. 

In light of the above, NPYF has urged the responsible armed forces to cease its exercises over Dimapur and adjoining areas including other places in Nagaland and conduct its exercises in unpopulated areas.

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