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Saturday, June 19, 2010 11:16:44 AM, Pervez Bari, ummid.com

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Bhopal: The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, (BJP), in Madhya Pradesh, staged a massive demonstration "dharna" (sit-in) against the failure of the successive Congress Governments to extradite Union Carbide Corporation Chief Warren Anderson here on Friday.


Led by the Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Mrs. Sushma Swaraj alleged that the then Congress-ruled Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi
was responsible for the escape of Bhopal gas tragedy prime accused Warren Anderson from the country.


Speaking at the "dharna" site Mrs. Swaraj said that likewise, Bofors scandal accused Ottavio Quattrocchi was allowed to leave India.

 

She demanded justice for the victims of the December 1984 gas leak.

 

BJP leaders with Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Mrs. Sushma Swaraj (in middle) staging dharna in Bhopal

 

She said securing of bail for Anderson in Bhopal, the then District Collector and the Superintendent of Police escorting him to airport in a government car and he being flown to Delhi from Bhopal in a government plane could not have happened only at the instance of the then Chief Minister Arjun Singh.


Mrs. Swaraj said as such apart from Rajiv Gandhi and Arjun Singh, the then Chief Justice of India A. M. Ahmadi is also guilty of denying justice to Bhopal gas tragedy victims as he diluted the charges against Anderson. The charges were framed under Section 304A of Indian Penal Code, (IPC), and not under Section 304-II of IPC which had been struck down by the Supreme Court of India in September 1996.


Speakers after speakers spewed ire against the trio demanding death to them and adequate compensation to the victims. BJP General Secretary in-charge of Madhya Pradesh Anant Kumar, BJP General Secretary and MP Narendra Singh Tomar and State president and MP Prabhat Jha amongst others addressed the sit-in demonstration.
All the State office bearers of the party, district presidents, Member of Parliaments, Legislators, former parliamentarians and legislators, Mayors and other elected representatives of the party from the State attended the sit in demonstration.


Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee, (MPCC), has questioned the then BJP-led Federal NDA Government in 1996 presided over by Atal Behari Vajpayee of not appealing against the Supreme Court’s September 13, 1996 judgment diluting the charges against the officials of killer Union Carbide’s pesticide plant.


A spokesman of the MPCC said that BJP has no moral right to plead for the gas victims and shed crocodile tears as it took no remedial measures to undo the Supreme Court verdict which reduced the prison term to only two years under Section 304A of IPC and not under Section 304-II of IPC — that attracts a maximum jail term of 10 years.

(pervezbari@eth.net)

 

 

 

 

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