Gas victims take out rally in Bhopal

LALIT SHASTRI, THE HINDU, DECEMBER 3, 2006
It is the Government’s duty to provide safe drinking water, they say
“Cancel all-religion prayer meet”
Extradition of Anderson demanded

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GANDHIGIRI STYLE: Victims of the Bhopal gas tragedy take out a march to the Raj Bhavan on Saturday, demanding among other things clean drinking water and better medical facilities.PHOTO: A M FARUQUI
BHOPAL: The Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Udyog Sangathan, a group working for the cause of victims of the union carbide gas disaster, took out a peaceful procession here on Saturday to mark the 22nd anniversary of the disaster that struck the State capital on the midnight of December 2 and 3, 1984.
The Sangathan’s convener, Abdul Jabbar, led the procession, which began from Yaadgaar-e-Shahjehani Park in the old city. The procession was originally scheduled to culminate at the Raj Bhavan but it was terminated at the Jehangirabad Square, where the police blocked the road.
It was a silent procession in the “Gandhigiri” style, popularised by the film “Lage Raho Munna Bhai.” Women in large numbers joined the procession and carried portraits of Mahatma Gandhi.
The Sangathan drew the attention of the authorities to the plight of the victims, especially due to groundwater pollution caused by the toxic waste at the abandoned Carbide plant.
It urged the Governor and other State dignitaries to cancel this year’s all-religion prayer meeting scheduled for Sunday.
Mr. Jabbar said it was the Government’s responsibility to provide safe drinking water to the victims.
The Sangathan had demanded the extradition of former Union Carbide chairman Warren Anderson and severe punishment for those responsible for the disaster.

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