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Six More Bhopal Gas Tragedy Continues to Take Toll

Bhopal, June 6. Twenty years on and the Bhopal Gas Tragedy continues to haunt the public of Bhopal. Today it was reported that there were six more victims dead from the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy //.

Doctors at a hospital that was set up here to treat the affected people are being accused of negligence.

'More than six people have died in the past two months due to the sheer negligence of the BMHRC management,' alleged Abdul Jabbar, convenor of Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Udyog Sangathan (BGPMUS), a pressure group working for the cause of the gas tragedy victims.

The BMHRC - Bhopal Memorial Hospital and Research Centre - came into being for the treatment of those suffering from the after-effects of the tonnes of lethal Methyl Isocyanate gas that leaked out of Union Carbide's pesticide plant on the night of Dec 2, 1984, killing over 1,700 people instantly and affecting thousands for life.

The hospital management is often accused of giving priority to private patients at the cost of gas victims for whom the hospital was established.

Six gas tragedy victims are reported to have died in the past two months.

'The doctors fitted a respiratory pipe into my father's throat that led to excessive bleeding and resulted in his death,' claimed Noor Jahan, daughter of Abdul Hamid who died last month.

The BMHRC, which has a corpus of nearly Rs.3.88 billion (about $83 million), has been built and is run by funds provided by the Union Carbide Corp, after a Supreme Court ruling to that effect.

Jabbar's brother died last month after he was reportedly not admitted to the hospital.

'I took my brother to the BMHRC for treatment on the 3rd, 4th and 20th (of May) but it was only on the 24th that they admitted him. Had they admitted him the very first day, he would not have died,' said Jabbar.

He is now demanding that the Supreme Court oversee the day-to-day f
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