Over 1,000 Muslim families living barely half a km away from the Union Carbide factory in Bhopal have been made to survive on their own under the open sky as their homes were recently demolished by the administration.
These families, who were living there for the last 30 years, were supposed to be rehabilitated using Bhopal Gas Tragedy Relief funds.
In February this year, the administration had issued notice for demolition of homes and, the process began on December 12.
Rachana Dhingra, an activist working for the gas leak-affected victims claimed that around 400 families were shifted to the Waqf Board’s land, while approximately 1,100 families were left with no choice but to survive along the railway tracks.
Two of the affected persons told the media that they have approached the district administration, local MLAs and the ministers.
“However, we were mostly left with empty hands,” one of them said, adding “poor families have become victim of politics”.
“Around 400 families were shifted to a land belongs to Bhopal Waqf Board, but they have to find an alternative place in the coming days,” he said.
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