The Hindu, May 6, 2008
Police personnel preventing Bhopal gas victims from staging a surprise demonstration with their children outside the Prime Minister’s residence in New Delhi on Monday.
NEW DELHI: More than 40 gas-affected children from Bhopal virtually knocked at the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s door at Race Course Road to draw his attention to their demands.
The children, along with their parents, made a sudden appearance near the Prime Minister’s residence demanding livelihood and clean environment.
“We are of the same age as the Prime Minister’s grandchildren. Would he let his grandchildren drink poisoned water or see them sitting on the streets for days,” Yasim Khan, who walked from Bhopal to Delhi, said.
On April 16, Yasim wrote a letter to Dr. Singh with blood drawn from the Bhopal gas victims, seeking constitution of an empowered commission to look into economic and medical rehabilitation, environmental clean-up and other issues related to the gas victims.