New Delhi, 18 April 2008: More than 100 citizens and members of Delhi based civil society groups today marched in support of the struggle of the Bhopal Gas survivors who have been sitting in a dharna at Jantar Mantar for the last 20 days in the hope to meet the Prime Minister with their demands. The rally started from Mandi house and ended after a public meeting at the Bhopal dharna point at Jantar Mantar.
Participating in the rally, National Secretary of the Communist Party of India and Member of Parliament, Mr. D. Raja, who visited the dharna sthal for the second time, extended his and his party’s support to the struggle of the Bhopalis and said that the party will raise the matter in the Parliament and also outside.
Prof. Kamal Mitra Chenoy President, JNU Teachers Union, Members of Lok Raj Sangathana, Delhi Shramik Sangathana, Sanjha Manch, National Alliance of Peoples’ movement, Jan Sangharsh Vahini, Naga peoples’ movement for human rights, Amnesty International-India along with other Delhi solidarity groups participated in the rally and extended their support to the fight of the survivors of the world’s worst industrial disaster. These organizations and individuals also resolved to work towards increasing the pressure on the Prime Minister’s Office to ensure that the Prime Minister meets the demands of Bhopal survivors at the earliest.
Bhopal survivors currently camped out at Jantar Mantar after walking more than 800 kilometers from Bhopal to Delhi on foot and have vowed that they will not return to Bhopal until the PM meets them and agrees to the two demands- to set up an empowered commission for provision of medical, social, economic and environmental rehabilitation to the people poisoned by Union Carbide and their children for the next 30 years and take legal action against Dow Chemicals.
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Madhumita Dutta: 9717516005 or Shalini Sharma: 9891442037
International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal