Gas victims protest Obama`s visit, seek adequate compensation

Victims of the 1984 Bhopal Gas tragedy on Saturday held a demonstration here protesting US Prez Barack Obama`s India visit and sought to know why he and his predecessors kept mum on the world`s biggest industrial disaster.

Updated: Nov 06, 2010, 15:31 PM IST

Bhopal: Victims of the 1984 Bhopal Gas
tragedy on Saturday held a demonstration here protesting US
President Barack Obama`s India visit and sought to know why he
and his predecessors kept mum on the world`s biggest
industrial disaster.

In an open letter to Obama through the American Embassy,
the gas victims said, "Despite knowing that over 25,000
persons have died till now due to leak of poisonous gas from
the Union Carbide factory here, why the previous Presidents of
America, in the last 26 years, and Obama himself did not
bother to utter a word on the Bhopal Gas Disaster?."

"This clearly shows that Obama like his predecessors
wants to protect the criminal US company Union Carbide
Corporation (UCC), Dow and former UCC Chairman Warren
Anderson," they said.

Though Obama was unable to make UCC-Dow take future
responsibility of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy, he is coming to
India with 250 CEOs of multi-nationals for controlling Indian
market, the victims charged.

Stating that inadequate compensation was given to the
Bhopal Gas victims, they also asked him, "when will we be paid
adequate compensation according to international norms?."

The victims also requested Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
to raise their issue with Obama.

PTI