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Bhopal gas tragedy: A timeline

Following is the timeline of the Bhopal gas tragedy that resulted in the death of 5,295 people.

Written by Krishnadas Rajagopal | New Delhi |
August 2, 2010 4:12:07 pm

Following is the timeline of the Bhopal gas tragedy that resulted in the death of 5,295 human beings and injuries to almost 5,68,292 persons:

December 3,1984: Pesticide plant of Union Carbide India Ltd (UCIL) in Bhopal releases Methyl Isocyanate. Over 5.7 lakh people affected. The harmful effects of the gas has passed on to succeeding generations.

December 4,1984: A case registered against Union Carbide. Chairman Warren Anderson is among the nine people arrested. Anderson is later released on bail by the Madhya Pradesh Police

1985: India files a claim for $3.3 billion from Union Carbide in an American court

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1986: A US district court judge transfers all Bhopal litigation to India December

1987: CBI files chargesheet against Warren Anderson and others accused

1989: Non-bailable arrest warrant issued against Anderson. The Indian government and Union Carbide strike an out-of-court deal. Union Carbide gives $470 million for compensation. Writ petitions filed in the Supreme Court against the settlement

1992: Part of $470 million disbursed among victims. Anderson declared fugitive from law for ignoring court summons

November 1994: The Supreme Court allows Union Carbide to sell stake in UCIL to McLeod Russell (India) Ltd September 1996: The Supreme Court dilutes charges against Indian executives of UCIL

August 1999: Union Carbide announces merger with US-based Dow Chemicals

February 2001: Union Carbide refuses to take responsibility for former Indian arm’s liabilities

August 2002: Charges of culpable homicide maintained against Anderson by Indian court

2004: India’s request for extradition of Anderson rejected by the US. Supreme Court orders the government to pay out the rest of the $470 million paid by Union Carbide as compensation

June 7,2010: A Bhopal court convicts the eight accused in the case,including the then UCIL Chairman Keshub Mahindra

August 1,2010: CBI files curative petition in the Supreme Court.

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