Dzukou Fire: NDRF's N Binoy Meetei found dead at base camp

Dzukou Fire: NDRF's N Binoy Meetei found dead at base camp

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KOHIMA: N. Binoy Meetei, Assistant Sub-Inspector of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) who was a part of the fire fighting operations at the Dzukou Valley, was found dead in the morning today at the base camp.

The NDRF team of 23 members, including Binoy, led by Inspector of the Battalion Jonhson Hmar of the NDRF left on January 1 from Imphal to douse the wildfire in Dzukou Valley.

"Deeply saddened on hearing the news of the demise of Asst Sub-Inspector N.Binoy Meetei of


">@NDRFHQ, currently deployed at Dzuko for the ongoing firefighting operation," Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh tweeted, condoling his demise.

Even as the wildfire in the Dzukou Valley continued to rage for the 8th straight day, Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio conducted an aerial survey to take stock of the situation.

The Chief Minister is reportedly "concerned" at the turn of events and has resolved to seek more assistance from the Centre.

According to reports, the Nagaland CM will appeal to the Centre for assistance to control the wildfire. Earlier, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh had received the assurance of Union Home Minister Amit Shah to control the fire. Meanwhile, NDRF personnel have been deployed to fight the fight. Already, 3 teams of the NDRF have been airlifted to join the fire-fighting operations on the ground.

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The fire on the Nagaland side of the border has started moving in the South-West direction.

According to reports, the task of the fire fighters has been made more difficult due to the changing of the direction of the wind.

"Increasing the manpower is going to be imperative, and the Indian Air Force must play a prominent role in the days ahead," said an official.

The fire broke out in the Dzukou range in Southern Angami region of the district on Tuesday afternoon.

The scenic Dzukou valley, a tourist hot spot in Nagaland, is located in the Dzukou range.

It was reported that some people have trespassed into the Dzukou valley from Kezotsa after which the wildfire was reported. It is believed that

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