All Left Parties Support Protest Against Asbestos Plant in Vaishali, Crucial Phase Begins

Dear All,

Your letters of support in the matter of proposed asbestos plant in Muzaffarpur, Bihar State worked, the plant has been wound up in the of face villagers’ resistance, Bihar State Human Rights Commission observed so in its file.

Now your immediate support is required for the adjoining district of Vaishali in my home State where a asbestos plant is under construction.

This is to inform you that I was present at June 14 Mahadharna (sit in by thousands) against the lung cancer causing hazardous plant of Utkal Asbestos Limited (UAL) in front of the factory gate under the banner of Khet Bachao Jeevan Bachao Jan Sangharsh Committee (KBJBJC). The protest has been going on for the last 2 years. In my speech yesterday I mentioned the Asbestos Meeting that happened today in Rio, Brazil. 

While meeting was on, the factory owners burnt their own premises. They have filed fake cases against 8 villagers in collusion with the local police and administration.

The Mahadharana of villagers comprised of women, children and men was peaceful. But UAL management is conspiring to defeat the movement against the hazardous plant in Chaksultan Rampur Rajdhari near Panapur in Kanhauli Dhanraj Panchayat of in Goraul block in Vaishali, Bihar. I am camping in the State.    

I wish to inform you that in an unprecedented move in recent times, all the left parties have jointly demanded that closure of the proposed white asbestos plant of Utkal Asbestos Limited (UAL) company  The joint statement of Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India (ML) Liberation, Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist) and Forward Bloc took cognisance of the protest

The statement condemned this act of company management and demanded:
1. White asbestos plant should be closed in public interest keeping public health in mind
2. Register case against the management of Utkal Asbestos company sought for hatching a conspiracy by burning its own factory premises
3. Dismiss fake case registered by Utkal Management

Expressing support to the villagers protest against the asbestos factory, Jan Abhiyan, Bihar, a shared platform of democratic and revolutionary organisations too has issued a statement and endorsed the above demands. Jan Abhiyan comprises of Janmukti Sangharsh Vahini, Janwadi Mazdoor Kisan Sabha, Communist Party of India (ML)-SR Bhaiji, Jan Pratirodh Manch, Janwadi Lok Manch, Communist Party of India (ML)-New Democracy, Sarwahara Jan Morcha, MCPI (U), Communist Party of India (ML).

In the presence of the police, the villagers all of a sudden noticed on June 14 at the site of Mahadharna that fire and smoke was getting airborne from the premises of the factory whose gates were locked. It is quite clear that the management of the company lit the fire in collusion with the local police and administration officials in order to frame the protesting villagers in fake cases to ensure that movement against the hazardous plant does not happen. My letter to Chief Minister is attached. It provides most of the relevant facts.

Please intervene urgently and send letters to the Chief Minister and Chief Secretary, Government of Bihar demanding closure of this and all other such plants in Bihar.

Shri Nitish Kumar, Chief Minister, Government of Bihar, E-Mail cmbihar@nic.in, cms-secy-bih@nic.in, Fax:+91-612-22058001, Phone: +91-612-2223886, 2224784 (O). 2222079 (R)

Shri Navin Kumar, Chief Secretary, Government of Bihar, Patna, India E-mail:cs-bihar@nic.in, Fax:+91-612-2217085, Phone-91-612-2215804    

Do send me a copy of the letters which you send to the Chief Secretary and Chief Minister, Government of Bihar. 

P.S: Historians maintain that one of the world’s first democratic republics with an elected assembly of representatives flourished in Vaishali, Bihar in the 6th century B.C.

warm regards,

Gopal Krishna
Ban Asbestos Network of India (BANI)
ToxicsWatch Alliance (TWA)
Patna/New Delhi
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