New Delhi, April 14 (PTI): The hunger strike by a group of survivors of 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy, demanding comprehensive economic and medical rehabilitation, entered fourth day today.
Though the six hunger strikers were in a “decent shape”, a spokesperson for the protestors said they have been losing weight and the going was tough.
The protestors said they were “very dejected” as they could not meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today.
“Media reports say the Prime Minister was not keeping well. But we had learnt that he had time to meet Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. We do not know why he did not want to meet some hunger strikers,” their spokesperson Nityanand Jayaraman told PTI.
Claimed by many as the worst industrial disaster, the Bhopal tragedy occurred due to “accidental” release of 40 tonnes of Methyl Isocyanate from the pesticide plant of Union Carbide in the heart of the city killing at least 20,000 people over the years.
From then on, the survivors of the tragedy were on struggle path asking the government to provide clean water, prosecution of top Union Carbide officials and making Dow Chemicals, the present owner of Union Carbide pay for the clean-up of toxic condamination.
Six protestors, including three survivors, who were part of 46-member group which undertook an 800-km-long Bhopal-Delhi ‘padyatra’ which reached here on March 27, began the hunger strike this Tuesday.