Bhopal official terms gas tragedy anniversary as ‘celebrations’

Bhopal, Dec 3 (IANS) Additional District Magistrate Ratnakar Jha created a controversy by referring to the Bhopal gas tragedy anniversary as “celebrations”, hurting the sentiments of thousands who were affected by the gas leak in 1984.

While talking to reporters over declaring a holiday on December 3, he said that it is just a normal day and the administration has already granted permission to whoever wants to celebrate the anniversary, including the affected people.

President of Congress state unit P.C. Sharma said on Saturday that Jha’s statement is condemnable and has insulted the victims of the tragedy.

Bhopal Gas Tragedy Relief and Rehabilitation Minister (Independent Charge) Vishwas Sarang said, “It is objectionable if any officer has made such a comment and the government will take cognisance of the issue.”