Activists seek political support for Bhopal gas victims

Bhopal: Five organisations working for the survivors of the Union Carbide gas tragedy, on Thursday said that they plan to garner support of political parties to resolve the lingering issues of compensation and rehabilitation.

Speaking at a press conference, representatives of the organisations said that they have written to 12 political parties asking them for their stand on eight demands of the gas victims and will decide their strategy for the coming Assembly elections on the basis of responses received from them.

 Activists seek political support for Bhopal gas victims

Bhopal gas tragedy victims during a protest. AFP

The demands include additional compensation for the gas victims, correction of figures of those injured and dead, cleaning up of contaminated soil and ground water, compensation for injuries and birth defects caused by toxic contamination, setting up of an empowered commission for rehabilitation and stopping Dow Chemical from doing business in India.

The organisations said that they have asked political parties to list the steps they will take to make the governments at the state and the Centre agree to the demands of the victims of December 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy.

If none of the parties support the demands of the victims or do not send their replies within a month, the organisations will encourage voters in the gas-affected areas to exercise their right to reject while voting, they said.

The organisations include Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmchari Sangh, Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha and the Bhopal Group for Information and Action.

PTI

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Updated Date: Mar 21, 2013 19:31:01 IST