Thursday, October 6, 2022

2 students drown in Molvom; MYSU slams negligence of NFR

Two students, eight-year-old and 11-year-old, drowned in a stream below Molvom village on August 15 at around 2 p.m.
Expressing shock and pain over the incident, Molvom Youth & Students’ Union (MYSU) president Chonminthang Haolai said that the students Thangsonlun Singson (8 yrs) and Thongminhao Dimngel (11 yrs) studying in class 3 and class 4 drowned at one of the areas, along the stream, that was dug for construction of RCC bridge under Northeast Frontier Railways (NFR).
MYSU said that NFR had been carrying out construction works for the railway link around Molvom area.
MYSU, citing reliable sources and the villagers as a witness, said that the foundation of the RCC bridge was built in the same stream (where the duo had drowned), which used to be knee deep, small and shallow. However, MYSU said after the site was excavated the depth of the stream was around 16-20 feet, which was not filled up even after the work for the foundation was completed.
MYSU said that the ignorant boys drowned on the spot while playing on the stream and lost their precious lives.
According to MYSU, the preliminary inspection conducted by its officials at the site found that there was “no safety fence, notice board, warning signs and even the bank of the stream was cut vertically straight into 16-20 feet deep gorge” which may even take an adult by surprise and lead to drowning. It said that similar sites were present at different locations along the stretch of the railway line at Molvom village.
In this regard, MYSU has vehemently condemned the ignorance and negligence on the part of all workers under Northeast Frontier Railways (NFR) who failed to provide safety measures in public vicinity, adding that it was punishable under relevant sections of the IPC.
Meanwhile, MYSU conveyed condolences to the bereaved families and pray that Almighty God grant the solace and comfort.