Bhopal: Still running from pillar to post to seek justice, the survivors of the Bhopal gas tragedy announced to launch an indefinite ‘dharna’ from Tuesday demanding correction in figures of those killed and injured in the soon-to-be-heard curative petition in the Supreme Court.

The Bhopal Gas Peedit Nirashrit Pension Bhogi Sangharsh Morcha and other organizations have decided to extend their support to the dharna.

These organizations have accused the Madhya Pradesh government of not sending the correct figures of the victims of the gas tragedy to the Group of Members (GoM) of the government due to which the latter have been devoid of the compensation.

Talking to reporters during a press conference, Balkrishna Namdeo of Bhopal Gas Peedit Nirashrit Pension Bhogi Sangharsh Morcha said, “The state government has not sent the correct figures of the number of gas victims to the GoM constituted by the government to look into the matter. And this is a betrayal on the part of the state government.”

He added, the representatives of the Bhopal Group for Information and Action, Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila-Purush Sangharsh Morcha and Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationary Karmchari Sangh will also take part in the demonstration.

So far, the only assurance the organisations have received is that the concerned officials will be meeting with the additional solicitor general of Madhya Pradesh on January 6 to discuss changes in figures of damage caused by the gas leak in the Union Carbide plant here on Dec 3-4 night of 1984.

However, he further added that there have been no visible results of the assurances given by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan after the Rail Roko Andolan on December 3.

Rashida Bee, the Goldman Environmental Award winner of 2004 said, 'Our dharna will continue till the figures in the curative petition are actually corrected.”

The organisations will also be demanding dropping of false criminal charges against Bhopal gas victims filed during the Rail Roko Andolan on December 3.

JPN/Bureau