Gas victims stage demo, seek CM’s intervention

Staff Reporter, The Pioneer, Bhopal, March 8, 2007
Survivors of the Union Carbide gas disaster in Bhopal on Wednesday blocked traffic in one of the main city crossings and demonstrated to protest against the apathetic attitude of the State Government towards the suffering of the people affected by the American multinational’s poisonous chemicals.
The protest sought to draw the attention of the Chief Minister towards the ongoing indefinite fast by six survivors and their supporters for relief and rehabilitation of the survivors of the disaster and those exposed to ground water contamination due to hazardous waste from the factory.
This evening a delegation consisting of Com D Raja, general secretary of the Communist Party of India, Professor Suroopa Mukherjee and Shalini Sharma met with Ramvilas Paswan, Minister of Chemicals and Fertilisers on behalf of the four organisations who are leading the campaign of the Bhopal survivors.
During the discussion with the delegation, Paswan called up the survivors on fast and ensured them that on Thursday he will talk to the Prime Minister on the problems of Bhopal gas survivors. Gas survivors are demanding that Chief Minister meets with them.
This morning the fasting protestors claimed that they refused to meet with Minister of Bhopal Gas Tragedy Relief and Rehabilitation, Babulal Gaur who had sent word through an officer.
They said that the Minister had shown nothing but indifference towards the survivors and was more a part of the problem than the solution.
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