Gas victims to stage sit-in in New Delhi on March 29

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Bhopal, Mar 24 (UNI) Survivors of the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy would stage a sit-in in front of Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on March 29 to press for their two-point demand.

Hundreds of volunteers of the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha (BGPMPSM), the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationary Sangha (BGPMSS) and Bhopal Group for Information and Action (BGIA) would leave for New Delhi from the state capital on March 28.

BGPMPSM's Syed M Irfan told reporters here today that gas tragedy victims had postponed their agitation after the assurance given by the Prime Minister two years back.

However, these promises were not fulfilled. Hence, gas tragedy victims would stage a demonstration on March 29 in New Delhi to remind the Prime Minister of his promises.

Their demand included constituting of an authorised Bhopal Commission on the lines of the Atomic Energy Commission for rehabilitation of gas victims and their children and cleaning toxic waste from Union Carbide premises and taking compensation from Dow Chemicals and distributing it to affected people.

A 'padyatra' by 65-member team from the three organisations had started from the state capital on February 20 and would reach New Delhi on March 28.

On the intervening night of December 2-3, 1984, thousands people died after inhaling methyl isocyanate while several lakh continue to suffer the deleterious effect of inhaling the deadly vapours.


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