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‘We must curb corruption in Bhopal relief process'

"Now is the time to act on many fronts. We need to start building more people's movements but beware of certain non-government organisations," said Anil Sadgopal, member, Supreme Court Committee on Medical Relief and Rehabilitation of Bhopal Gas Victims.

mumbai Updated: Jul 11, 2010 02:58 IST
Yashshri Soman

"Now is the time to act on many fronts. We need to start building more people's movements but beware of certain non-government organisations," said Anil Sadgopal, member, Supreme Court Committee on Medical Relief and Rehabilitation of Bhopal Gas Victims.

He was addressing a public meeting organised by The Committee for Release of Binayak Sen, on Saturday, at St Xavier’s college, Dhobi Talao. He added that there was a need to curb the corruption prevailing in the compensation distribution for the Bhopal gas tragedy victims.

An educationist by profession, Sadgopal mentioned that the liberalisation of economy started immediately after the Bhopal gas tragedy and played a crucial role in the verdict that was passed in it’s case last month.

Having authored a book titled Dollar ki Chaal ne, Jeher Ghola Bhopal Mein (The Trick of the Dollar Mixed Poison in Bhopal), Sadgopal felt the need to start mass campaigns and the "battle needs to be combined dialectically with struggle and construction."

While stating the chronology of events and court cases that occurred after the tragedy, he spoke about the struggle that the victims and their families had to face.

Being the co-founder of the People’s Health Center, he spoke about various medical researches that have been taking place at Bhopal and the use of the sodium thiocyanate as an antidote for the victims.

Students, activists and members of various organisations from Bhopal attended this meeting.