Candlelight vigil for Bhopal gas victims

The Hindu, June 22, 2008
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Solidarity: Members of International Campaign for Justice, along with students and supporters of Bhopal gas victims, taking part in the candlelight vigil on M.G. Road in Bangalore on Saturday. — Photo: K. Murali Kumar
Bangalore: Expressing solidarity with the victims of the Bhopal gas tragedy of 1984, members of the Janaarogya Andolana Karnataka held a candlelight vigil in the city on Saturday.
Several students and members of various social organisations and Dalit groups, who were part of the protest, read out poems on the Bhopal tragedy.
Actor Shivaram, who joined the protest, said justice was delayed in this case only because of the Government’s apathy.
Victims and supporters of the Bhopal tragedy have been struggling for justice for more than 23 years.
Early this year, the victims marched from Bhopal to Delhi.
They are holding a dharna, which has entered its fifth month now. They have started an indefinite hunger strike from June 10.
“It is unfortunate that the victims’ legitimate demands of an empowered commission for Bhopal and legal action against the perpetrators of crime has been met only with arrests and police brutality, backed by an insensitive Government,” the organisers said.
The candlelight vigil was coordinated by the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal and Janaarogya Andolana Karnataka.

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