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Gas victims to protest at PM house

MORE THAN 5000 gas victims would stage demonstration in front of the Prime Minister?s residence at Sansad Marg on April 10 to press for the demands of extradition of former UCC chairman Warren Anderson, proper medical treatment, socio- economic and environmental rehabilitation of the victims and immediate provision of clean drinking water to the areas where ground water has been polluted.

india Updated: Apr 07, 2006 13:34 IST

MORE THAN 5000 gas victims would stage demonstration in front of the Prime Minister’s residence at Sansad Marg on April 10 to press for the demands of extradition of former UCC chairman Warren Anderson, proper medical treatment, socio- economic and environmental rehabilitation of the victims and immediate provision of clean drinking water to the areas where ground water has been polluted.

The demonstration would be held under the aegis of the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Udyog Sangathan. Addressing a press conference here, convener of the organisation Abdul Jabbar lamented that despite an arrest warrant pending against him for the last 13 years, the Central Government has failed to complete process of extradition of Warren Anderson.

The government’s lackadaisical attitude only proves that any foreign company could easily get away with playing with the life and health of people by paying minuscule compensation amount. Jabbar said that an appointment has been sought from Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh. He would be urged to personally intervene in the matter of extradition.

Jabbar further charged both the Central and State governments with betrayal of gas victims in medical, economic, social and environmental rehabilitation. The compensation provided by the government is inadequate, and the statistics of deaths and affected persons on which the basic agreement with Union Carbide was signed, are wrong, he claimed.

He demanded that the Central and the State Government should come up with a joint corpus fund of minimum Rs 1000 crore for rehabilitation of the gas victims.

He said that more than 40000 persons from about 24 localities are forced to drink contaminated water since last 16 years. The groundwater pollution persists because the 8000 metric tonne of the toxic waste on the Union Carbide premises has not been disposed of as yet.

Reacting to the announcement of Rs 50 crore as compensation amount for the victims, Jabbar said that the state government is only implementing the directive of the Supreme Court, which it is bound to.

The gas victims have been urged to reach the Yadgar-e-Shahjehani Park at 1.00 pm on April 9 from where they would leave for New Delhi on different trains.

First Published: Apr 07, 2006 12:52 IST