Mr Gupta, must someone die before you realise there is a problem?

AS 35 YEAR NOORJEHAN LIES IN HOSPITAL WITH ACUTE RESPIRATORY DISTRESS, THE POLITICIAN CHARGED WITH HER WELFARE REPEATS BLAND ASSURANCES TO AN INCREDULOUS PRESS CORPS
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At 9.10 this morning the increasingly out-of-touch politician in charge of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy Relief and Rehabilitation Department, Mr Uma Shankar Gupta visited the Carbide factory accompanied by Alok Pratap Singh, a man widely regarded by survivors as a Dow stooge.
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In the picture above Gupta is talking to the media, Alok Pratap stands on his right in a light blue shirt.
Gupta told an incredulous gathering of reporters that there was nothing to worry about. The BBC’s Faisal Mohammed Ali asked him why in that case he was not allowing survivors’ organisations to come and see the work when he had brought along Aloke Pratap Singh. Gupta said it was because Aloke had moved the clean-up petition in the Jabalpur high court.
Meanwhile Aloke Pratap began yelling at Faisal that he was asking planted questions. At this the entire group of media people raised hell and Singh and Gupta were forced to apologise. It is the latest in a series of bungled media performances which demonstrate only that Uma Shankar Gupta is unfit to be in charge of a bucket of cowdung, much less the welfare of the thrice-afflicted people of this part of Bhopal.
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As the picture above shows, the government’s appointed contractor is still endangering workers by exposing them to dangerous chemicals with no protective clothing. This is a criminal offence under the Indian Penal Code, as has been pointed out both to the contractor and his political masters.
Meanwhile the contractor’s manager in charge of the clean-up at the demand of survivors put in writing the dangers an improperly conducted operation poses to nearby communities.
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Women from surrounding communities entered the factory yesterday to protest against the poison clouds that had enveloped their homes. Read the report on our ACTIONS blog.
Caught between a criminally irresponsible corporation which created the mess and refuses to clean it up, and criminally negligent politicians who have done the minumum for the benefit of the community, who can the victims of Union Carbide turn to?
Only you. Please make your feelings known in the strongest possible way. Scroll down to the next item to see what you can do.

Partial list of neighbourhood residents affected by chemical dust from Union Carbide factory on June 19, 2005

S. No.

Name

Age (years)

Address

Complaints

1.

Varsha d/o Jagannath Sahu

13

Shivashakti Nagar

Burning in eyes

2.

Ram Bai w/o Phool Singh

35

Prem Nagar

Burning in eyes, Dizziness, Palpitations

3.

Shahadat Bee w/o Rais Khan

40

Annu Nagar

Dizziness, Palpitations

4.

Salma Bee w/o Abdul Rehman

40

Annu Nagar

Dizziness, Palpitations

5.

Gulab Bai w/o Ramesh Ahirwar

30

Shivashakti Nagar

Burning in eyes, Palpitations,
Breathlessness

6.

Krishna Bai w/o Kalyan Singh

30

Shivashakti Nagar

Vomiting, Palpitations, Burning in eyes

7.

Mubeena w/o Naseem Khan

30

New Arif Nagar

Stomach pain, Burning in stomach, Palpitations

8.

Bismilla Bee w/o Babu Khan

40

New Arif Nagar

Dizziness, Nausea, Palpitations, Burning sensation all over body

9.

Noorjehan w/o Munne Khan

40

Arif Nagar

Frothing in mouth, Dizziness

10.

Afroze w/o Sarfaraaz

32

New Arif Nagar

Breathlessness, Palpitations, Dizziness

11.

Ibrahim Khan s/o Khaleel Khan

44

Arif Nagar

Burning in eyes, Palpitations

12.

Adesh s/o Devkaran

5

Blue Moon Colony

Swelling in face, Vomiting, Frequent micturation

13.

Shezadi Bee w/o Mehfuz Khan

48

Blue Moon Colony

Chest pain, dizziness, Burning in eyes

14.

Tulsa Bai w/o Ghisajee

60

Blue Moon Colony

Burning in eyes, Palpitations

15.

Shehnaaz w/o Sher Khan

35

Blue Moon Colony

Headache, Burning in eyes, Palpitations

16.

Haseena Bee w/o Muneer Khan

35

Blue Moon Colony

Burning in eyes, Palpitations

17.

Junez s/o Javed

3

Blue Moon Colony

Swelling in face, Cough, Vomiting

18.

Rehnuma d/o Javed

1.5

Blue Moon Colony

Swelling in face, Cough, Vomiting

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