Mahindra is only paying lip service to gas victims: Jabbar

A day after former UCIL chief Keshub Mahindra said he wanted to do "something concrete" for the 1984 gas tragedy victims, the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Udyog Sangathan today dubbed his statement as mere "lip service".

Last Updated: Jul 07, 2010, 14:59 PM IST

Bhopal: A day after Ex-Union Carbide India Chairman Keshub Mahindra said he wanted to do "something concrete" for the 1984 gas tragedy victims, the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Udyog Sangathan today dubbed his statement as mere "lip service".

"We are both hurt and angered by Mahindra`s statement which does not amount to anything as he is only paying lip service to the gas victims," Sangathan Convenor, Abdul Jabbar told reporters.

He said the disaster took place more than 25 years ago and alleged that till date Mahindra has not done anything to help the gas victims.

The 86-year-old Mahindra had said yesterday that he wanted to do some work for the gas victims after he was granted bail by a local court.
"I have been saying for last 20 years that it is my desire to do something concrete for the gas victims," he had said.

Mahindra, who got the relief yesterday five days after he got conditional bail, also said that instead of spending time on legal matters one should help people of Bhopal.

Jabbar said the people of Bhopal were peace loving and believed in non-violence or else Mahindra may not have been able to get away with such an "absurd" statement.

"No one in Bhopal has ever stopped Mahindra from doing anything for the gas victims and if he was serious he could have done a lot by now," he said.
The people of Bhopal have been suffering for more than 25 years and yet people like Mahindra have not done anything to alleviate it, Jabbar added.

PTI