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Bhopal tragedy survivors end fast on Ministry’s assurance

Amnesty International on Friday said the Central government has agreed to increase the compensation for Bhopal gas tragedy victims and promised to revise the numbers of deaths and injuries.

The government decision came following >hunger strike by five women on November 10. The five, along with 200 survivors and activists, were called to a meeting with Minister of Chemicals and Fertilisers Ananth Kumar.

The minister agreed, in writing, to revise figures the government was using in the compensation claim, and promised to do so before the 30th anniversary of the Bhopal disaster on December 2, the statement said.

“We welcome this important move by the government. Now Prime Minister Narendra Modi must ensure his government’s pledge is honoured,” said Audrey Gaughran, Amnesty International’s Director for Global Issues.

“That would be a historic step towards justice for Bhopal,” he added in the statement.

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