Bhopal gas leak case: Amnesty demands Dow to appear in court

The toxic leak has led to environmental contamination atthe former plant site, claim activists.

By: Press Trust of India | Washington | Updated: July 1, 2014 8:58 am
Industrial accident, the worst in Indian history, led to the leak of poisonous methyl isocyanate, claiming thousands of lives in the Madhya Pradesh capital. (Source: Reuters) Industrial accident, the worst in Indian history, led to the leak of poisonous methyl isocyanate, claiming thousands of lives in the Madhya Pradesh capital. (Source: Reuters)

Amnesty International has called on the Dow Chemical Company (Dow) to appear before a Bhopal court this week to explain why its subsidiary Union Carbide Company repeatedly ignored summons in the 1984 gas leak case.

The industrial accident, the worst in Indian history, led to the leak of poisonous methyl isocyanate, claiming thousands of lives in the Madhya Pradesh capital. Hundreds of thousands of others had suffered chronic health problems.

The toxic leak has led to environmental contamination at the former plant site, claim activists. “Dow should not hide from the summons. Why is Dow afraid to face the courts in Bhopal?” asked T Kumar, International Advocacy Director at Amnesty International USA and an expert on global human rights.

“We are closer than ever to realising justice. It’s critical that we keep public pressure on Dow to attend the July 4 court hearing to ensure meaningful corporate accountability for the victims of the Bhopal disaster and their families,” Kumar said.

As part of its ongoing efforts to ensure justice for survivors of the toxic gas disaster in Bhopal, Amnesty International last week organised a rally outside Dow’s Washington offices to pressure the company to comply with the summons.

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    Kolla Gangadhar
    Jul 4, 2014 at 5:53 am
    B. Bhhoj Raj Yadav, the then Police officer in the year 1997 floated QUASIM RAZVI TERRORIST OUTFIT along with Joga Sucharitha and their gang have been manufacturing all poisoned eatables, Provisions, milk, drinking water, toothpaste, medicines, soaps etc., selling to People of India for that People have been suffering and Government of India, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana State have not taken action against them it has been one of the worst ever Poison murders tragedy of India for that People have been demanding to arrest B. Booj Raj yadav, Joga Sucharitha and their gang to avert further destruction of People of India.
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    Thomas George
    Jul 1, 2014 at 6:20 am
    The question is whether the governments are capable of banning s of products made by a company when they ignore our systems. Dow was asked to appear in court, they did not; ban them from doing any business in the country until they appear.
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