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Gas Tragedy: Bhopal remembers disaster, pays homage to victims, survivors seek justice

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BHOPAL: The survivors of Bhopal Gas Tragedy and organisations associated with them paid homage to t hose killed in the world's worst industrial disaster on its 33rd anniversary.         

Hundreds of survivors led by the five major organisations marched to the abandoned Union Carbide factory premises here and demanded proper medical care, rehabilitation of the children being born with congenital malformations, employment, pension, punishment to the corporate criminals, adequate compensation and cleanup of contaminated ground water and soil.

These organisations included Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmachari Sangh, Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha, Bhopal Group for Information and Action, Bhopal Gas Peedit Nirashrit Pensionbhogi Sangharsh Morcha and Children against Dow Carbide. The protesters later burnt the Union Carbide, the Dow Chemical and DuPont in effigy.

 The Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Udyog Sangathan, another voluntary organisation, paid tributes to the victims at a meeting at Yadgare Shahjahani Park and pledged to continue their struggle for demands of victims.        

The Sangathan submitted a petition to Gas Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Vishwas Sarang consisting of eight-point demands including submitting an application by the regime along with victims before the Supreme Court for early resolution a special leave petition pending before it.

The organization while thanking the chief minister for announcing decision to continue the pension of gas tragedy widows, demanded enhancement of the pension to Rs 2000 and also inclusion of disabled people for pension. The Communist Party of India staged a protest over the demands of gas victims and burnt 'American Imperialism' in effigy at Mangalwara Square here.