1 Dec 2023

Bhopal readies for solemn observance of Gas Tragedy anniversary; gas victims' organizations warn of going to Supreme Court on this issue


Bhopal, the city that witnessed one of the world's most devastating industrial disasters, is gearing up to observe the anniversary of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy on Sunday. Various gas victim organizations, including Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery, Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush, Bhopal Group for Information and Action Sangharsh Morcha, and Children Against Dow Carbide, along with Chingari Trust, are set to pay homage to the victims on this solemn occasion.

As the city reflects on the tragic events of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy, these organizations are uniting to remember and honor the lives lost and the countless individuals affected by the catastrophic incident that occurred years ago. Their collective efforts aim not only to commemorate the victims but also to raise awareness about the long-lasting impact of the tragedy on the survivors and their families.

The anniversary observance will include various activities, ceremonies, and events to remember the victims and emphasize the need for continued support and justice for those affected. The organizations involved have been actively working towards advocating for the rights of the gas victims, seeking justice, and promoting awareness about the ongoing challenges faced by the survivors.

December 3's commemoration is expected to draw attention to the ongoing struggles of the gas victims, ensuring that the tragedy is not forgotten and that efforts to bring about accountability and justice persist. The participating organizations are united in their commitment to preserving the memory of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy and advocating for a safer and more accountable industrial landscape to prevent such disasters in the future.


Gas organizations warn of going to SC

On December 2, organizations associated with gas victims will take out a candle march in Bhopal.

Regarding this, they told the outline of the program and also warned of going to the Supreme Court if the hospitals of gas victims are merged with the health department. They also thanked the director-producer and actors for the movie 'The Railwayman' made on the recent Bhopal gas tragedy.

Rachana Dhingra of Bhopal Group for Information and Action said that information has been received about the process of closing the department established by the state government for the welfare of the Bhopal victims. It is proposed to hand over 5 hospitals and 9 dispensaries run by the Gas Relief Department to the Health and Family Welfare, Medical Education Department. If this happens then we will not step back from taking to the streets. At the same time, we will also go to the Supreme Court, Rachana said.

Rashida B expresses happiness 

President of Bhopal Gas Victims Destitute Pensioners Sangharsh Morcha, Balkrishna Namdev said that Union Carbide has been absconding for the last 31 years and now the owner of the fugitive company, Dow Chemical, has been summoned in a criminal case on the accident due to our efforts.

Rashida B, President of Bhopal Gas Victims Women Stationery Employees Union, said that we are happy that just before the 39th anniversary, we have been successful in presenting the representative of The Dow Chemical Company USA in the Bhopal District Court. 


Rashida said this company, being the owner of Union Carbide, is responsible for its criminal responsibilities and has appeared for the first time in a criminal case. It is now up to the prosecution's Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to ensure that Dow gets the harshest possible punishment for his crimes in Bhopal.

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