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One hundred and twenty five survivors of the December 1984 Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal today filed applications for information at the Prime Minister’s Office in New Delhi under the Right to Information Act, 2005. Braving objections of over 100 armed policemen, the survivors sought information on steps taken towards fulfillment of the Prime Minister’s promise of setting up an Empowered Commission on Bhopal for long term rehabilitation of the survivors and their children.

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Ms. Shamim Modi, the well known social and political activist of the Shramik Adivasi Sangathan in Harda, Madhya Pradesh. She was arrested on 10 February following an ultimatum by the industries association demanding her arrest. She has been involved in the struggle of the saw mill workers and the hammals (kulies) who have been denied the minimal legal entitlements. She and her husband Anurag Modi have been involved in carrying a crusade against the nexus between politicians and forest mafia. She also contested the recent assembly election.

Shamim Modi has done her B.A from Jesus & Mary College, University of Delhi, M.A. degree from Lady Shriram College, University of Delhi, M.Phil from TISS Mumbai and L.L.B. from Bhopal University. The vice president of Samajwadi Jan Parishad, MP, she has contested two assembly elections and a parliament election. She has filed a number of cases of tribal and labour rights at the MP High Court. Shamim Modi was a member of the Tribal Subgroup of the Planning Commission of India that was involved in preparing the 11th five year plan. She has been a trustee with renowned social worker Medha Patkar and late Baba Amte in the Jan Sahyog Trust.

In protest of Shamim’s  arrest all the labour union belonging to Harda, Khirkiya, Timarni, Sirali and Rhatgaon Krishi Upaj Mandi in Harda district, Railway Mal Godam union, ware house union, saw mill union belonging to 60 saw mill in the Harda city are went  on the day’s  strike on 12 February and took out a big rally at Harda. . From 13 the saw mill union has went on indefinite strike and started a sit in at Harda demanding implementation of labour laws and opposing Shamim’s arrest.In Delhi there was a protest outside Madhya Pradesh Bhavan twice on 27 February and on 3 March 2009.

Shamim Modi granted bail by the Jabalpur high court on 3 March 2009.

See the Video and the Photographs from the Protest


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Photographs of NFF Delhi Agitation

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