30 people, including children and old women, were arrested today evening at India Gate during an awareness raising event on the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal (see photos of the time just as the police moved in below). Many of those arrested arrived yesterday after walking 800kms from Bhopal demanding justice for the Bhopal victims.
The Bhopal victims had staged a die-in before India gate, covering themselves with white shrouds and lying on the ground. Their supporters in Delhi held candles and spoke to bystanders about the demands of the Bhopal to New Delhi padyatra.
The Bhopal padyatris are demanding that the Prime Minister set up an empowered commission for Bhopal for long term medical care and rehabilitation of victims and legal action against Union Carbide and Dow Chemicals who are the principle authors of the Bhopal disaster.
“The PM turns a blind eye to the continuing deaths and misery in Bhopal and we get arrested just for trying to make people aware of our plight” said Nafisa Khan who was part of the Bhopal to Delhi padyatra with her two daughters aged 11 and 13 years. She and others who have walked to Delhi will not go back without getting their demands met by the Prime Minister.
For more details contact Rachna Dingra 09826167369 or Shalini – 09891442037
Events move quickly as the poice moved in tonight:
Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karamchari Sangh
Bhopal Group for Information and Action
Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangarsh Morcha