Four organizations working for the victims of Union Carbide gas scandal in Bhopal have written to the Central Government on Sunday demanding immediate end to the clinical trial of indigenous vaccine ‘Covaxine’ released in Bhopal. In a letter sent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan, these organizations have taken punitive action and tests against the officials and institutions responsible for the safety and neglect of those taking part in the ‘clinical trial of cocaine’. It has also demanded compensation for the damage to the health of the participants.
These organizations, working for the victims of the world’s worst industrial tragedy Bhopal gas scandal in 1984, have shared a copy of this letter with the media. The letter included Rashida B, president of ‘Bhopal Gas Victim Women’s Stationary Employees Union’, Rachna Dhingra of ‘Bhopal Group for Information and Action’, Nausheen Khan of ‘Children against Dow Carbide’ and ‘Bhopal Gas Victim Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha’ Nawab Khan has signed.
Rashida B said, ‘Out of 1700 people involved in testing this vaccine, which is not known how safe it is, 700 people suffer from Union Carbide poisoning. A gas sufferer has died within 10 days of vaccination and many people are still suffering from severe suffering. He said that till date no one has been punished for the deaths of 13 gas victims in clinical trials of drugs of foreign pharmaceutical companies at Bhopal Memorial Hospital about 12 years ago.
Rashida said, “We are writing to the Prime Minister with the hope that the same history will not be repeated again.” On behalf of the Bhopal Gas Victims Organizations, they demanded that Rs 50 lakh be given to the corona warriors for the family of the gas victims deceased who were involved in the trial of cocaine.