KOCHI: The Forum Against Endosulfan will march on the public-sector Hindustan Insecticides Limited (HIL) factory at Eloor, which produces Endosulfan, on the anniversary of the Bhopal gas tragedy, on December 3.
The marchers will demand an end to the production, sale and use of Endosulfan which is harmful to human and environmental health.
The HIL, a multi-unit Central Government enterprise, produces Endosulfan under the brand name Hildan. In the past, several environmental and Periyar protection organisations had urged the government to get Endosulfan production stopped by HIL, following detection of heavy doses of Endosulfan residues in the Kuzhikandam Canal at Eloor a couple of years ago. The forum has decided to send a mass petition to the Prime Minister seeking to get Endosulfan banned in the country. The forum condemned Union Minister K.V. Thomas, who reportedly stated that Endosulfan caused no harm to human health.