Bhopal: CBI files status report on Anderson

Bhopal, Apr 2 : The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday filed a status report on the extradition of United Carbide chairman Warren Anderson in the Chief Judicial Magistrate Court here in connection with the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy.

The CBI report states that they forwarded the request for extradition of Warren Anderson to Ministry of External Affairs on Apr 5, 2011 and then it was transmitted to US authorities through diplomatic channels.

The extradition request of Warren Anderson is still under examination and no decision has been taken by Department of Justice, USA.

In a response to a Right to Information (RTI) request filed in 2012 by the survivors' organization, the Ministry of External Affairs had given a status report on Anderson's extradition which had clearly stated that as of January 2012 no action had been taken and the matter was still under examination.

"It is pathetic that the Government of India has not even bothered to issue any reminders to the US State and Justice Department to take a quick decision on the matter of extraditing, former chairman of Union Carbide Corporation, Warren Anderson to face trial in the Bhopal District Court," said Nawab Khan of Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha.

"After the June 7, 2010 verdict many promises were made by the Government of India and Government of Madhya Pradesh to ensure Anderson's extradition in a timely manner and setting up a fast track court but all those promises remain unfulfilled till date," said Khan.

"Since 2001 the US government has invaded Afghanistan, killed Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan and many others through drone strikes - all in the name of justice for the 3000 people killed by the attack on the World Trade Centre," said Satinath Sarangi of Bhopal Group for Information and Action.

"Since 2003 the same government is refusing to extradite Warren Anderson, former Chairman of Union Carbide Corporation, absconding from charges of culpable homicide for causing the disaster that has killed more than 25, 000 people," said Sarangi.

On the night of Dec 2/3, 1984, the residents of central Indian city Bhopal became victims of the world's worst industrial disaster when 40 tonnes of methyl iscocyanate (MIC - a highly volatile toxic chemical) stored at the pesticide plant - owned by Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL), a subsidiary of Union Carbide Corporation (UCC), USA - was contaminated with water and other impurities.

As a result, a mixture of deadly gases escaped from the factory killing several thousands of people and inflicting grievous injuries on at least 500,000 others.

In February 2001, the Dow Chemical Company took over Union Carbide Corporation-USA but said it is not responsible for the tragedy from a factory it did not operate.

--IBNS (Posted on 02-04-2013)

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