The victims of one of the world’s worst industrial disasters in India have held a demonstration in their hundreds in New Delhi to demand justice and compensation.
The industrial disaster was caused by a deadly gas leak at the pesticide manufacturing plant Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) in the city of Bhopal in India’s Madhya Pradesh state on the night of December 2, 1984.
A total of more than half a million people were poisoned in the incident. As many as 8,000 people reportedly died within two weeks of the incident and another 8,000 or more have lost their lives from gas-related diseases ever since.
On the 28th anniversary of the disaster, the protesters, mostly women, camped outside Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s office and demanded justice as well as adequate compensation for the victims.
“We have come here to meet the prime minister, seeking his personal intervention on two critical issues, both issues of justice,” said Satinath Sarangi, one of the main campaigners for the Bhopal disaster’s victims.
“We are saying that the corporation and the officials responsible for the worst corporate massacre in history… must be punished in an exemplary manner,” he added.
“And we are reminding the government and the prime minister that the government has done nothing, not a tiny step, to make Union Carbide Corporation representatives face trial in India,” Sarangi stated.