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Bhopal victims protest outside home ministry

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Last updated on: June 21, 2010 14:32 IST
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A group of Bhopal gas tragedy survivors staged a demonstration in front of the North Block office of Home Ministry where the meetings of Group of Ministers on the issue was taking place.

The group 'Bhopal Gas Peedit Nayay Morcha' reached the high-security zone minutes after the meeting of the GoM ended on Monday morning. The group was demanding adequate compensation to the victims of 26-year-old worst industrial disaster in which thousands were killed and several thousand others maimed.

The demonstration led by Abdul Nafis, a survivor of the tragedy, caught security personnel off-guard as the children and adults were carrying placards before the Home Ministry where any kind of protest or demonstration is banned.

The GoM, which concluded its three-day deliberations, is believed to have decided to make fresh efforts for theextradition of former Union Carbide chief Warren Anderson and to come up with a "clean up" project at the gas plant site in Bhopal to bury toxic material there.

The GoM, headed by Home Minister P Chidambaram, discussed various issues relating to criminal and civil liability, relief and rehabilitation and remediation in the wake of the Bhopal court verdict in the case two weeks ago. The report is to be presented to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who reconstituted the GoM in the wake of nationwide outrage over the light punishment given to the accused. The Union Cabinet will meet on Thursday to consider the GoM recommendations, sources said.

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