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After Bhopal verdict, SJM ups ante

R Krishna Das  |  Kolkata/ Raipur 

The Bhopal gas tragedy verdict has powered the Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM) to propagate its agenda of Swadeshi and oppose the multi-national companies (MNCs) in India.

"The MNCs are least bothered to safeguard the life of the people in India and the Bhopal gas tragedy stands testimony to the fact," national convenor of SJM Arun Ojha said. The two-day national executive meeting of the SJM that concluded here today passed a resolution to this effect.

The resolution said that the indigenous industries in the country was under pressure with the entry of MNCs. "The victims of the Bhopal gas tragedy neither got justice nor compensation while the main accused Warren Alderson walked scot-free," the resolution added.

OJha said America and other Western countries were using India as a laboratory to conduct experiments.

"The ill-effects from such experiments are being faced by the people of the country," he said, adding that the Government of India should be wary of Nuclear Liability Bill in the backdrop of the experience from the Union Carbide.

There are many loopholes in the Bill and the Union Government should not take any decision in haste. "Besides the directors, the suppliers should also face equal stringent action or otherwise many (Warren) Anderson would be born," the SJM resolution said.

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First Published: Mon, June 14 2010. 00:10 IST