Visakhapatnam

‘Bhopal gas tragedy victims denied justice'

Activsits of several organisations at a candle light protest against the injustice to victims of Bhopal gas tragedy at Visakhapatnam on Tuesday. Photo: K.R. Deepak   | Photo Credit: K_R_DEEPAK

Several organisations came together denouncing the injustice to victims of the Bhopal gas tragedy and held a candle light demonstration and expressing solidarity with them.

In the candle light protest at Mahatma Gandhi statue at GVMC on Tuesday evening, Human Rights Forum (HRF), CPI, APCLC, Mahila Chetana, IFTU, POW and BVF participated.

The protestors denounced the two-year sentence as ‘too little, too late' and wanted the then Chairman and CEO of UCC Warren Anderson to be arrested.

They held several photographs that depicted the plight of the survivors and how their kin found it difficult to support them.

HRF general secretary V.S. Krishna described the Bhopal tragedy not merely an industrial disaster but a corporate crime of epic proportions. Twenty-six years down the line Bhopal victims have been denied justice. “All our democratic institutions, political system and judiciary have failed them,” he said.

Respective governments and CBI have been complicit in the cover-up. Even very simple, basic plea of the Bhopal victims for clean water has not been fulfilled till date. Huge quantity of toxic waste has not been cleaned up. The ongoing destructive development model gave scope to many more such tragedies, Mr. Krishna warned.

CPI district secretary J.V. Satyanarayana Murthy said by accepting a meagre compensation the government had admitted that the lives of Indian citizens were inferior to those of their counterparts in developed countries. He blamed the government attitude and demanded that Anderson be brought to book. The government was so inept that though he was arrested, he had been set free on bail and allowed to leave the country, he recalled.

K. Padma of Mahila Chetana expressing support to the victims said a nationwide struggle should be launched to highlight their misery. The Government entered into an agreement that favoured the UCC, she alleged.


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