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Demonstrations mark 25th anniversary of Bhopal gas tragedy

bhopal Updated: Dec 03, 2009 19:47 IST

Angry survivors joined protests to mark the 25th anniversary of the Bhopal gas disaster on Thursday demanding those responsible be finally brought to book, as Parliament saluted the memory of the victims of "one of the most harrowing man-made tragedies."

Protestors marched to the Union Carbide pesticide plant where on December 3, 1984 lethal Methyl Iso Cyanate (MIC) gas leaked from the factory killing over 15,000 people and affecting more than five lakh in the days and weeks after the disaster. They voiced concern at inadequate compensation.

The Lok Sabha passed a resolution expressing solidarity with the victims with Speaker Meira Kumar saying, "even after two decades and a half, the pain and anguish of the survivors continue to torment us."

In the Rajya Sabha, CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury lamented the "criminal negligence" in payment of compensation to victims.

Yechury, who was supported by almost the entire House, said that toxic waste is still lying around Union Carbide plant affecting water and soil in a five sq km area.

Convenor of Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Udyog Sangathan Abdul Jabbar told PTI there was lot of anger among the victims at the fact that 25 years after the disaster no one has been punished for it.

"The judicial process in our country is very slow and it seems highly unlikely that the disaster victims will be able to get justice in their life times," Jabbar said.

The rallies and demonstrations were staged at several places in the city amid latest claims by the Centre for Science and Environment that Groundwater in areas around the Bhopal gas tragedy site contain almost 40 times more pesticides than allowed under the Indian standards.