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MPPCB chief faces protest in USA

MADHYA PRADESH Pollution Control Board (MPPCB) chairman Dr PS Dubey faced the wrath of angry students on Thursday in USA where he has gone to deliver a lecture sponsored by a controversial American corporation Cherokee, according to a joint statement of four voluntary organisations working for the gas victims.

india Updated: Jun 03, 2006 15:09 IST

MADHYA PRADESH Pollution Control Board (MPPCB) chairman Dr PS Dubey faced the wrath of angry students on Thursday in USA where he has gone to deliver a lecture sponsored by a controversial American corporation Cherokee, according to a joint statement of four voluntary organisations working for the gas victims.

In the statement, Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmachari Sangh, Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha, Bhopal Group for Information and Action and Bhopal Ki Aawaaz said an angry crowd of students at the Duke University of engineering department in Raleigh opposed Dr Dubey’s participation.

They were angry that Dr Dubey accepted the sponsorship of Cherokee, the US corporation which recently announced  planning to clean up the soil and ground water in and around the Union Carbine factory in Bhopal.

Bhopal-based gas organisations as well as their international supporters are opposed to the Cherokee’s proposal because it will allow Union Carbide and its current owner Dow Chemical Company to evade responsibility for environment and health damage through reckless dumping of chemical wastes.

The gas NGOs claimed protesting students raised questions about Dr Dubey’s alleged inapt handling of containment of toxic waste in the Union Carbide factory in June last year.

The Bhopal Group of Information and Action has filed a complaint to Principal Secretary, PD Meena against Dr Dubey’s allegedly unauthorised sharing of information about the Bhopal Carbide factory in USA.