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Ensure justice to Bhopal Gas tragedy victims: TDP

TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu demanded that the Centre take stringent action against those responsible for various "omissions and commissions" in the aftermath of the Bhopal gas tragedy and ensure proper justice to the victims.



Hyderabad: TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu
today demanded that the Centre take stringent action against
those responsible for various "omissions and commissions" in
the aftermath of the Bhopal gas tragedy and ensure proper
justice to the victims.

In a statement here, Naidu said the Congress, which
was in power both at the Centre and in Madhya Pradesh when
the tragedy occured, "mortgaged the country`s interests" by
succumbing to "external pressures" and enabled the then Union
Carbide chief Warren Anderson have a safe passage out of
India.

"The Congress governments at the Centre and in Madhya
Pradesh, when the tragedy occurred in 1984, grossly betrayed
the gas tragedy victims. They have done grave injustice to
them by not only letting Anderson flee the country but also by
settling for a meagre compensation of USD 45 crore as against
USD 200 crore," Naidu alleged.

That those responsible for the horrific tragedy got
away with a minor punishment of two years jail and Rs 25,000
fine, which only exposed the failure of the Congress
governments in pursuing the case strongly, he said.

The Congress leaders` involvement in the whole affair
became clear with its official spokesman Abhishek Singhvi
appearing as the standing counsel for Dow Chemicals that
purchased Union Carbide, the TDP chief added.

"Instead of ensuring proper justice to the gas tragedy
victims, the Congress itself was indulging in a blame game. It
should at least see that the victims get due compensation,"
Naidu demanded.

PTI

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