The Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has asked the Indian Government to lodge a strong protest against Dow Chemical Company's sponsorship of the 2012 London Olympics and suggested a boycott if the sponsorship continues, reports said on Thursday.

A gas leak at a Union Carbide Corporation plant in Bhopal, capital of Madhya Pradesh, in 1984 led to the death of at least 3000 people.

Union Carbide was taken over by Dow in 2001.

In a letter to Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken, the Chief Minister said it would not be appropriate that a company responsible for such a tragedy should be allowed to sponsor an event like the Olympics, which are expected to be an expression of fair play, the IANS news agency reported.

Chouhan said the liabilities related to the disaster had not been fully settled and were the subject of litigation. The funds being spent by Dow on the Olympics could be put to better use by alleviating to some extent the misery suffered by the people of Bhopal, Chouhan said.

The Sports Ministry has not yet responded to the letter. — DPA

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