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Bhopal gas tragedy: 30 years later many are yet to come to grips with it

December 2, 1984: The Indian Express tracks some of the families scarred by the tragedy.

Three decades on, the treatment continues. This is part of a clinic that was set up by Bhopal Medical Appeal exclusively for survivors of the gas leak; they still visit it for medicine and treatment.(Reuters) Three decades on, the treatment continues. This is part of a clinic that was set up by Bhopal Medical Appeal exclusively for survivors of the gas leak; they still visit it for medicine and treatment. (Reuters)

When methyl isocyanate leaked from the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal on a December night in 1984, it brought a sudden or a painful death to thousands and maimed lakhs for life. Thirty years later, many families who lost their loved ones are yet to come to grips with it. Their legal battle has been long, often futile —  then Union Carbide chairman Warren Anderson died this year without ever facing trial in India, while other officials convicted in 2010 are out on bail. The Indian Express tracks some of the families scarred by the tragedy

Lost: A wife. Ram Chandra and his wife Prema, who died the gas leak, in an undated family photograph (top); and Ram Chandra in Bhopal on November 15, 2014 Ram Chandra and his wife Prema, (top) and Ram Chandra in Bhopal on November 15, 2014

Lost: Wife
Ram Chandra and his wife Prema, who died the gas leak, in an undated family photograph (top); and Ram Chandra in Bhopal on November 15, 2014

Lost: Husband Aamna with her husband Munawar Ali (top), who died in the gas leak of 1984; Aamna alone in Bhopal on November 13, 2014 Aamna with her husband Munawar Ali (top). Aamna alone in Bhopal on November 13, 2014

Lost: Husband
Aamna with her husband Munawar Ali (top), who died in the gas leak of 1984; Aamna alone in Bhopal on November 13, 2014

Lost: A daughter Bhoori Bi lost her daughter Chandni (undated photo above) to the gas leak. Bhoori’s other photo was taken in Bhopal on November 12, 2014 Bhoori Bi lost her daughter Chandni (undated photo above). Bhoori’s other photo was taken in Bhopal on November 12, 2014

Lost: A daughter
Bhoori Bi lost her daughter Chandni (undated photo above) to the gas leak. Bhoori’s other photo was taken in Bhopal on November 12, 2014

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Lost: Husband Zubeida Bi with her husband Salim Rehman (top, a gas tragedy victim) in an undated photo and alone in Bhopal on November 11, 2014 Zubeida Bi with her husband Salim Rehman (top) in an undated photo and alone in Bhopal on November 11, 2014

Lost: Husband
Zubeida Bi with her husband Salim Rehman (top, a gas tragedy victim) in an undated photo and alone in Bhopal on November 11, 2014

 

Lost: Father Lata Bai with her husband Ashok Badgujjar and their four sons (top); Lata with her sons on November 12, 2014; Ashok Badgujjar died in the gas leak Lata Bai with her husband Ashok Badgujjar and their four sons (top); Lata with her sons on November 12, 2014.

Lost: Father
Lata Bai with her husband Ashok Badgujjar and their four sons (top); Lata with her sons on November 12, 2014; Ashok Badgujjar died in the gas leak

Mile
Milestones over 30 years
1984: Leak and exit
December 2-3: The gas leak; FIR in Bhopal’s Hanumanganj PS
December 7: Union Carbide chairman Warren Anderson arrested, released on bail bond the same day, escorted to Delhi in special govt aircraft and allowed to leave the country
1985-89: Claim and disbursal
1985, 86: Govt files claim for $3.3 billion; US court transfers litigation to India
November 1987: CBI files chargesheet
1988: CJM Bhopal issues bailable warrant against Anderson.
1989: Indian govt and Union Carbide strike out-of-court deal at $470 million
1992-2009: Fugitive hunt
Feb-March 1992: Anderson declared an absconder, non-bailable warrant issued and government told to seek extradition; case against foreign accused separated from Indian accused
August 2002: AG opines extradition proceedings may not succeed; CBI seeks prosecution under different sections
2002-04: Survivors stage month-long dharna in Delhi, India sends request for extradition to US, which rejects it
July 2009: Non-bailable warrant against Anderson
2010-14: Closure
June 2010: CJM sentences Keshub Mahindra and seven others
April 2011: India once again sends extradition request to US
September 29, 2014: Anderson dies

First published on: 02-12-2014 at 04:23:50 am
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