Hundreds of survivors of the Union Carbide gas tragedy in Bhopal and their international and national supporters marched in a rally to the abandoned Union Carbide factory on Thursday.
Toxic gas released from the Union Carbide Factory on the intervening night of December 2 and 3, 1984 affected and killed thousands of residents in the city. Generations have since been suffering disabilities as after-effects of survivors of the tragedy.
The demonstrators were joined by a large number of residents in the vicinity of the factory who are affected by poisoning of ground water from the chemical waste dumped in and around the factory premises.
The protestors smeared mud over logos of Union Carbide and Dow Chemical and charged the state and central governments of protecting the interests of the American corporations.
They said both governments continue to be deliberately negligent towards the medical care and rehabilitation of survivors and people exposed to contamination.
The protesters said several reports of the Supreme Court Committee for medical monitoring have exposed the miserable state of health care of the survivors.
“It is indeed disgraceful that the Central and state governments continue to ignore the recommendations of the Monitoring committee.” said Rashida Bee, president of the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmchari Sangh.
Balkrishna Namdeo of the Bhopal Gas Peedit Nirashrit Pension bhogee Sangharsh Morcha condemned the state government for reintroducing loan schemes as a means to provide economic rehabilitation.
Nawab Khan of the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha said the Centre’s negligence towards the survivors proves its apathy towards the generation of victims born after the disaster.
Releasing a charter of demands of the Bhopal survivors organizations, Satinath Sarangi of the Bhopal Group for Information and Action appealed to put pressure on Union Carbide and Dow Chemical, besides pressurising governments of USA and India, to end the ongoing disasters in Bhopal.