Tuesday, April 11, 2006 (New Delhi):
Survivors of the Bhopal gas tragedy have launched an indefinite hunger strike in the capital, two weeks after they walked 800 km from Bhopal to New Delhi.
The survivors claim they are yet to receive clean drinking water as directed by the Supreme Court, even 21 years after the Union Carbide gas leak.
The toxic waste dumped by the factory has not been cleaned up either, leaving local residents with no option but to use contaminated groundwater for drinking purposes.
The survivors have demanded the Indian government blacklist the American company Dow Chemicals, which brought Union Carbide to India, till it cleans up the area.