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Bhopal gas disaster survivors detained

Written by: Staff
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New Delhi, Mar 28 (UNI) Thirty-eight persons, including survivors of the 1984 Union Carbide chemical leak disaster of Bhopal, were detained for violating prohibitory orders and staging a demonstration outside the Chemicals and Fertilisers Ministry office here today, police said.

A spokesman for the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal, however, said nearly 300 of the activists were detained and taken to Parliament Street police station. He said four women were injured when police used force to evict them from the place.

According to the ICJB, while the others were released, 38 pople refused to obtain bail and would now be produced before a magistrate tomorrow.

The protestors included activists, students and 39 survivors of the Bhopal gas tragedy who have trekked 800 kms from Bhopal to press for the setting up of a National Commission to oversee medical and social rehabilitation of the victims; safe drinking water and four other demands.

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