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Protest Rally against Bhopal Gas Tragedy

in association with Paschimbanga Vigyan Mancha and
other organisations of Pfessionals and Intellectuals

FOSET, in association with other like-minded organisations organised an open meeting at the Esplanade East, Kolkata on 11.06.2010 to protect against the Bhopal Gas Tragedy and demanding stringent measures against the culprits.

The Bhopal Gas Tragedy is the world's worst industrial catastrophe. It occurred on the night of December 2-3, 1984 at the Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) pesticide plant in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India. At that time, UCIL was the Indian subsidiary of the U.S. company Union Carbide Corporation. Around midnight on December 2–3, 1984, there was a leak of methyl isocyanate (MIC) gas and other toxins from the plant, resulting in the exposure of over 500,000 people. Estimates vary on the death toll. The official immediate death toll was 2,259 and the government of Madhya Pradesh has confirmed a total of 3,787 deaths related to the gas release. A government affidavit filed in the Supreme Court in 2006 stated that of the 558,125 cases of injury resulting from the disaster, 516,406 (92.5%) were minor, 38,478 (6.8%) were temporary partial disablement while 3900 (0.7%) were severely and permanently disabled. Some 26 years after the gas leak, 390 tons of toxic chemicals abandoned at the UCIL plant continue to leak and pollute the groundwater in the region and affect thousands of Bhopal residents who depend on it.

Despite of the above facts, the judgment passed at Bhopal court on 6th June 2010, i.e after more than 25 years of the tragedy, convicted former Union Carbide India Chairman and seven others in the Bhopal gas tragedy case and awarded them only a maximum of two years imprisonment. Warren Anderson, the then chairman of Union Carbide Corporation of USA, who lives in the United States, appeared to have gone scot-free as he is still an absconder and did not subject himself to the trial.

Dr. N.R. Banerjea – President, FOSET along with Prof. Sumitra Choudhury of Bangiya Bigyan Parishad and Prof Aparajita Basu of PBVM presided over the programme. Sri Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya of West Bengal Democratic Lawyers Association, Prof. Tarun Patra of WBCUTA, Sri Indranath Bandyopadhyay of Paschimbanga Ganatantrik Lekhak Shilpi Sangha, Sri Asim Dasgupta of WBMSRU, Prof. Satyajit Chakraborty of PBVM addressed the gathering with their informative speeches.  

 

They demanded immediate re-trial of the convicted persons and stringent punishment for them for such gruesome incident and wilful negligence leading to death and permanent disability of thousands of common people. They also expressed concern that government has learnt no lessons after Bhopal as they have recommended to strike-off the clause of the Nuclear Liability Bill, which states "Foreign suppliers can be sued for damages by the operator if the nuclear accident has resulted from the wilful act or gross negligence on the part of the supplier." 

 

Immediate and adequate compensation for the Bhopal Gas Tragedy Victims were demanded from the gathering. 

 

Protest Rally against Bhopal Gas Tragedy

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