Press Trust of India, Bhopal, January 3, 2007
Activists working for Bhopal gas tragedy victims on Wednesday threatened to boycott Tata products, accusing the group of offering to “clear the path” of US company Dow Chemicals’ investments in the Union Carbide factory in Bhopal.
“We ask people to shun Tata salt. Protests will be staged at every venture of Tata group across the country,” the activists threatened at a press conference.
They were critical of the reported efforts of Tata group chairman Ratan Tata as co-chairman of US-India CEO Forum to attract Dow investments in India.
The activists belonging to various groups working for Bhopal gas tragedy victims also announced a national campaign in this regard.
The activists maintained that Dow chemicals took over environmental liabilities of Bhopal when it became the owner of Union Carbide in 2001.
According to ‘polluter pays principle’, which is valid in the US and India, it should pay for cleaning up toxic waste, the activists demanded.