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5 BRO men killed during bridge construction in Arunachal

 ITANAGAR, May 14 - Five personnel of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) have been killed in Upper Subansiri district while constructing a steel bailey bridge, an official said today.

The incident happened on May 11 when the personnel of Project Arunak were constructing the 180-foot-long bridge along the strategically important Nacho-Tama Chung Chung Road near the remote Limeking circle in the district that shares border with China, Project Arunak Chief Engineer Brigadier RS Rawal told this news agency.

He said that he received the information of the incident on Tuesday from officials at the accident site due to poor telephone connectivity.

Pioneers Baidur Rehman, Pramod Kumar, Mahabir Sah and Tapan Nath died instantly, while hydraulic operator Anil Budhwar, who suffered grievous injuries in his spine and pelvis, died during evacuation to the district headquarters in Daporijo, Brigadier Rawal said.

“The body of the four pioneers got stuck at the bridge but three were recovered when the last report was received and they were being sent to their native places,” he said.

Brigadier Rawal said rescue operations were affected due to incessant rains, besides very strong water current and high water level of the Subansiri river and steep cliff of the accident site.

“A diving team, including Army personnel, has been making all-out efforts to retrieve the bodies,” he said.

He added the compensation as per laid down norms would be paid to the kin of the dead, while a departmental inquiry has been ordered.

The 128 Road Construction Company under the 23 Border Road Task Force (BRTF) is constructing the challenging road involving cutting and widening of hilly terrain, bridging of water gap and surfacing formation cutting. – PTI

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