Bhopal gas tragedy survivors' strike in Delhi enters fourth day

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Nov 13, 2014 21:19 IST

A five-member delegation of Bhopal gas tragedy survivors' organisations met Union chemical and fertilisers minister Ananth Kumar in New Delhi on Thursday evening but the meeting was inconsequential.

The delegation included members of organisations that have launched an agitation at Jantar Mantar to press their demand of additional compensation of Rs 1 lakh for each of the 5.69 lakh identified survivors.

Five women gas survivors and an activist are on hunger strike without water since Monday.

While meeting the delegation, the Union minister expressed his inability to say anything about the major demand of the survivors as the matter involved the finance ministry, Satinath Sarangi of Bhopal Group of Information and Action (BGIA), who was part of the delegation, told HT over the phone.

Sarangi said the minister told the delegation that his subordinates told him about the agitation of Bhopal gas tragedy survivors only on Thursday and he immediately called them for a meeting. However, the minister could not offer anything substantial to them and thus the agitation would continue as planned, Sarangi said.

The six women on hunger strike have decided to continue the fast indefinitely until there is some substantial response from the government.

The others who were part of the delegation included Balkrishna Namdeo, Rashida Bi, Safreen Khan and Nasreen.

The health of the five women survivors and activist Rachna Dhingra who are on fast without water since three days is deteriorating but they are continuing the strike. Sarangi told HT that the women are under medical watch.

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