BHOPAL : Five organisations working for the welfare of survivors of the December ’84 Union Carbide disaster on Friday announced that a group of survivors and their supporters would be going on an indefinite fast without water to remind the central government of its responsibilities towards the curative petition for compensation pending in the Supreme Court.

The organizations at a press conference said that the government had filed a curative petition in the apex court on December 3, 2010, the 26th anniversary of the disaster seeking additional compensation from Union Carbide, USA and its owner The Dow Chemical Company, USA for the disaster in Bhopal.

The organizations charged that the central and state governments have deliberately neglected their responsibilities towards the curative petition and is helping the American corporations walk away without paying the Bhopal survivors their due compensation.

“In the last four years there has been just one hearing on the curative petition and the governments at the Centre and the State have not moved a single application for urgent hearing on the matter.” said Rachna Dhingra of the Bhopal Group for Information and Action. “The governments have also not filed a single reply to the submissions made by Union Carbide Corporation, Dow Chemical and Eveready Industries India Limited in the last four years” she added.

Rashida Bee, president of the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmchari Sangh said “The central and state governments are presenting fraudulent data on death and injury caused by the disaster to justify the paltriness of additional compensation. The government says only 5295 persons have died due to the disaster whereas its own medical research organization’s records show that twice this number died in the first 9 years itself.”

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