Activist Abdul Jabbar who hails from Bhopal is the one who fought a long battle for the victims of the Bhopal gas tragedy in 1984 till his last breath and got awarded the Padma Shri. Abdul Jabbar is now receiving this honor posthumously and his family members are very happy and proud of him.
Jabbar had fought for justice for the victims of the industrial tragedy. After fighting for almost 35 years, Jabbar had breathed his last on November 14, 2019, due to the ailments he suffered during the disaster. The Madhya Pradesh government had conferred him with the prestigious Indira Gandhi Social Service Award after his death.
On the night of December 2 and 3 in 1984, the city was asleep when Methyl IsoCyante started leaking from the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal. As the intensity of its odor continued to increase, Jabbar first rode for about 40km and dropped his mother in the Rajendra Nagar area. Then he returned to his colony to help his neighbors. But unfortunately, he still lost his mother and brother on that night die the toxic gas had already spread. He also lost 50% of his vision after affected by some serious lung issues.
Later in 1987, he set up the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Udyog Sangthan, a survivors’ organization and started demanding sustenance allowance and compensation for victims. He had also led several protest marches in the city. But, despite his illnesses and financial struggles, Jabbar fought for the well being of the victims till his last breath.