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Ban construction of Asbestos factory at Panapur in Vaishali: Protesters
On January 16, under the aegis of Khet Bachao Jeevan Bachao Jan Sangharsh Kamiti, Panapur (Vaishali) a mega green protest march was organized in Patna.Thousands of poor women with babies and children, youth and old protesters were holding banners, posters and play cards in their hands.They were shouting the slogans against the chief minister's 'anti-environment and anti-people' policies near Gandhi Maidan in Patna.

Villagers of Rampur Rajdhari Chaksultanpur (Panapur) village started a protest march from Gandhi Maidan in Patna to CM’s house against the construction of Asbestos factory of Utkal Asbestos Limited at Panapur in Vaishali district of Bihar. Police stopped the protest rally at R. Block in Patna by the Police.

“Asbestos is harmful for our air, water, land, agriculture, environment and health. It causes a dozen types of chronic diseases e.g. asbestosis, lung cancer, throat and respiratory diseases. Therefore the production and uses of asbestos products are strictly banned by World Health Organization (WHO), International Labor Organization (ILO) and International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC),” said Ajeet Kumar Singh, coordinator of the mega protest march.

“Our two main demands are immediate ban on the illegal construction of the Asbestos factory at Panapur in Vaishali district and release of 29 named and 350 unknown victims in fake cases by the factory management and Block Development Officer,” he added.

Er Ajay Yadav, President, Akhil Bhartiya Yadav Mahasangh, Patna said: “This protest movement was started on January 20, 2011 by villagers of Panapur under the banner of Khet Bachao Jeevan Bachao Jan Sangharsh Kamiti. We want justice from the chief minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar.”

During this protest rally Asheshwar Sharma, Lalit Kumar Ghosh, Priyadarshi, Lalan Chaudhary, Nand Kishore Singh and Indradev Roy also highlighted their bitter experiences and government’s non-cooperation to stop the construction of Asbestos factory at Panapur in Vaishali.

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