PIO MP tables motion calling for justice for Bhopal gas tragedy victims

PIO MP tables motion calling for justice for Bhopal gas tragedy victims

LONDON: An Indian-origin MP has tabled an early day motion in the UK Parliament on the 36th anniversary of the Bhopal gas tragedy calling on those responsible for the world’s biggest industrial disaster to be brought to justice so that the victims and their families receive closure.
Stockport Labour MP Navendu Mishra, who was born in Kanpur and was first elected a Labour MP in December 2019, has sponsored the parliamentary motion, which has attracted 29 MP signatures.
The motion “remembers the terrible disaster that took place on 2 December 1984 in Bhopal when a major poisonous gas leak from the Union Carbide pesticide plant resulted in more than 600,000 people being exposed to the highly toxic methyl isocyanate gas, thousands of people dying and many more suffering serious and life-changing injuries”.
It notes that more than 100,000 people still live with contaminated water supplies and exposure to the chemicals as well as a range of chronic illnesses, and that “the current owners, Dow Chemicals, need to rectify the environmental damage and properly compensate the victims and their families”.
It commends the work of the Trades Union Congress and UK’s largest union, Unison, for campaigning on this issue.
Mishra said: “While I don’t have any direct connection to Bhopal or the workers of the former Union Carbide plant, I have always felt a strong connection with all those affected by this tragedy and a deep sense of injustice that all those killed and injured have never seen those responsible held to account. Almost four decades on, it is time for all those who still bear the scars of this traumatic incident to see those behind this prosecuted and the devastated families must also receive the medical and financial assistance and compensation they are entitled to.”

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