INTER OFFICE MEMORANDUM
No. NB (NL)/ 1871 /GAD-23A/2006-07 dated 27th December 2006
FROM: OIC, NABARD, NAGALAND RO, DIMAPUR
FOR: CGM, HRMD, NABARD HEAD OFFICE, MUMBAI
Journey of Shri. T. Kamzalian, AM, NABARD Arunachal Pradesh RO alongwith his Family members from Itanagar to Churachandpur – Missing since morning of 16.12.2006 in Nagaland enroute to Churachandpur via Dimapur – Status of
Please refer to our Endt. D.O. letter No. NB(NL)1837/ Adm/ Corres / 2006-07 dated 19 December 2006 apprising Head Office regarding the case of Shri T Kamzalian, AM attached to Arunachal RO who had remained untraceable alongwith three members of his family since the early morning hours of 16th December 2006 while journeying in his own vehicle to his native place at Churachandpur via Dimapur after proceeding on leave from Itanagar on 15.12.2006. In this connection, we are to inform that through constant follow-up with the local Police authorities by the Nagaland RO, Shri Kamzalian could finally be traced on the evening (15.30 hrs) of 20th December 2006. It was a case of an accident that occurred about 40 Kms from Dimapur along NH – 39 enroute to Kohima. Shri Kamzalian’s car had rolled off the road and was lodged in a deep gorge over 300 ft. deep. He was the sole survivor of the horrific accident that took the lives of other members of his family. A brief report of the action initiated by the RO during the period of his missing status and his rescue thereafter is furnished in the enclosed annexure for kind information of Head Office. We also enclose a press clipping which appeared in one of the local dailies of the state regarding the above tragic incident.
Assistant General Manager
Encl: as above
Report of the case of Shri T Kamzalian, AM, attached to Arunachal Pradesh RO – Missing alongwith family members in Nagaland since early morning hours of 16.12.2006 and rescued on 20.12.2006.
On 18th December 2006, the Nagaland RO was informed through various sources that Shri T. Kamzalian, AM, attached to Arunachal Pradesh RO was reported missing / untraceable somewhere along the Dimapur-Kohima stretch of NH-39 in the early morning hours of 16th December 2006 while journeying in his own vehicle to his native place of Churachandpur in Manipur from Itanagar. The RO immediately sprung in action to collect as much as information regarding his probable whereabouts and find out clues of his movements. In the process, it was ascertained from BSNL sources that the last signal traced to his mobile was from Medziphema Tower which is along the NH -39 about 30 kms from Dimapur. On that basis, Shri Gayari, AGM accompanied by Shri B. Aier, Mgr. and Shri T Khup, AM, approached the SP and Addl. SP of Nagaland Police, Dimapur to trace the whereabouts of Shri. T. Kamzalian and his vehicle. The matter was also taken up with the Principal Home Secretary, Government of Nagaland vide our DO letter No.NB(NL)/1833/Admn./Corres/2006-07 dated 19 December 2006. At first instance, the SP office indicated that they had no information of any vehicle accident as of that day/time in the concerned route. However, it was assured to the RO Officials that necessary steps would be taken to trace the missing officer and his family members. On the same day at 18.00 hrs, the RO officials met the OIC of Medziphema Police Station and explained the details of the case to him with a request to make efforts to trace out our Officer. In the meanwhile, some confusing information had been conveyed to the RO and the possibility of a case of abduction was suggested. The RO therefore engaged some social organizations and well-wishers to make an enquiry as to whether some underground organizations would reveal their involvement in the suspected case. However it was informed that none of the so called organizations had confessed their involvement. On that basis, the RO officials were more convinced that the case of Shri. T. Kamzalian missing was not a case of abduction but in all probability an accident. With this conviction, the SP of Dimapur was once again approached by the RO officals on 20.12.2006 wherein a discussion on the issue was held and the concern of our Organisation was expressed. It was requested of the SP to assign his officials and police personnel to make a thorough search/combing operation between Dimapur to Kohima along NH-39. On the basis of the fervent requests of our RO officials, the SP agreed to clear these misgivings and promptly advised Medziphema PS to undertake search operations along the said route and advise the SP’s office within a reasonable time. The RO team led by M C Gayari, AGM also followed the Police personnel during their search / combing operation upto Piphema which is at the 34 km point before reaching Kohima. At about 15.30 hrs, while returning from Piphema to Pherima just before a sharp turn, a broken side wall of the road was noticed. At that point the police personnel had also reached the spot. Survey of the area revealed the vehicle had run off the road and had rolled down over three hundred feet over a step incline and was lodged at the base of the gorge. However the vehicle was hardly visible from the road due to the thick undergrowth and steep drop. Some of the police personnel and staff of the RO trekked down the slope and identified the vehicle. Shri T Khup, AM of the RO who is known to Shri Kamzalian could identify the deceased inmates down below the accident site. The three bodies that had been noticed were identified as being the mother of Shri T. Kamzalian, his brother and cousin sister. Miraculously, it was found that Shri. T. Kamzalian who had rolled down with the vehicle into the deep gorge had survived the horrific mishap and had somehow crawled his way upto the roadside in a very critical condition. He was immediately taken to the nearby Primary Health Centre at Medziphema. Shri. M C Gayari, AGM immediately contacted SP, Dimapur while Shri G. Thangchinkhup, AM informed family members and relatives of Shri Kamzalian. The RO officials then approached the Assam Rifles Unit at Piphema for help in the rescue operation. Both the Police Department and the Assam Rifles immediately rushed to the site and with the help of local youth could retrieve the bodies of the deceased from the deep gorges. Due to the late hour when the accident site was discovered as also the hazardous nature of the terrain, the work of retrieving the dead could be completed only by 2300 hrs of 20th December 2006. Under supervision of the local police, the dead bodies were transferred to the Dimapur Civil Hospital and after medical examination, were handed over to the close relatives of Shri. T. Kamzalian on 21.12.2006. They were subsequently shifted to Churachandpur on the same day for burial.
As regards the condition of Shri. Kamzalian, it may be stated that after being administered first aid at Medziphema PHC, he was admitted to Zion Hospital in Dimapur on the same evening. Shri. Kamzalian was placed under intensive medical care and observation at the hospital. Necessary Radiological examinations have been carried out which indicate no serious injury/damage to vital parts of his body. Though, he was in great trauma during the initial period, having survived the plunge into the deep gorge trapped inside his car and being exposed for four and a half days to the extremely cold winter temperatures, the doctors and medical attendants have since informed the RO staff that he is now stable and recovering. The medical advice / opinion of our BMO ( Dr. AB Choudhury) has also been obtained. He has indicated that the gravity of the injury does not warrant immediate shifting of Shri Kamzalian to other centres/hospitals as the required infrastructure for his medical treatment is available in the said Hospital.
It may be stated that the successful rescue of Shri Kamzalian and recovery of other ill fated members of his family was possible only because of the effective coordination of the RO officials with the Police Department and various other agencies during the entire operations and most of all, because of the whole hearted cooperation from the Police Department, the Assam Rifle, the local youth in the vicinity of the accident site and the general public.
As on date, Head Office is informed that, the family members of Shri Kamzalian in consultation with the Zion hospital authorities and after obtaining a clear signal from the local police authorities have since shifted him to a private hospital at Imphal on 25th December 2006. Shri Kamzalian is therefore at present in his home state of Manipur and is admitted to Shija Hospital, Langol, Imphal.
Asst. General Manager
NABARD, Nagaland RO,
Dated: 27 December 2006
Endt No. NB (NL)/ /GAD-23A/2006-07 of date
Copy for kind information to:
1. The PPS to Managing Director, NABARD, Head Office, Mumbai
2. The EA to ED(AK), NER, NABARD, Assam Regional Office, Guwahati
3. The Officer-in-Charge, NABARD, Arunachal Regional Office, Itanagar