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    Inquiry ordered into death of Onge tribesmen

    Port Blair (PTI): An inquiry has been ordered on Thursday into the death of eight primitive Onge tribesmen at Dugong Creek in Andaman and Nicobar islands on the night of December 8.

    "The inquiry would look into how the eight persons belonging to the tribe, whose number is fast dwindling, died and 15 others were taken ill after consuming a toxic chemical at Dugong Creek of the Little Andaman island," Governor Bhopinder Singh told reporters in Port Blair.

    The governor visited the G.B. Pant hospital where the ill were recuperating and talked to them.

    Singh has directed the concerned authorities to enforce strict measures to ensure safety and security of the tribesmen.

    A meeting was held at Raj Niwas in which measures were discussed to protect the primitive tribe from such incidents in future.

    Singh instructed the police authorities to strictly comply with the convoy system on the ATR and ordered that any violation of the convoy system be dealt with strictly. Measures to close the ATR to the tourists in the near future to protect the Primitive Jarawa tribe were also discussed.

    The tribesmen had drunk the chemical mistaking it to be alcohol on the night of December eight from a plastic can that was washed ashore from the Bay of Bengal at Dugong Creek.

    According to official sources the population of Onge tribals, who numbered 672 in 1901, had come down to 100 recently.


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