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NEW DELHI, India (UPI) — Three survivors of the chemical disaster at Bhopal and three of their supporters have started a hunger strike to pressure the Indian government.
Last month, a group of 46 people walked 500 miles from Bhopal to New Delhi to call for the prosecution of the former president of Union Carbide and a new water system for Bhopal.
‘Ours is a fight of the weak for the truth, and the prime minister will have to listen to us,’ one of the hunger strikers, Satinath Sarangi, told the BBC.
A gas leak at a Union Carbide plant in 1984 killed at least 15,000 people — the official government figure. Activists believe that the death toll was twice that.
The hunger strikers are also demanding that Dow Chemical, which acquired Union Carbide after the disaster, pay for cleanup in Bhopal.
Copyright 2006 by United Press International