Justice After 25 Years - Bhopal Gas Tragedy

Today it is a big day for people of Bhopal. Before 25 years Bhopal was a city where a Industry was established in the city which produced pesticides. The Industrial plant made Methyl Isosynate which is a poisonous gas it took lifes of thousands of innocent people of Bhopal. The Union Carbide plant leak was the worst industrial disaster in history.


Forty tonnes of a toxin called methyl isocyanate leaked from the factory and settled over Bhopal city on 3 December 1984. Around 15274 people died in two years.

Chief Judicial Magistrate Mohan P Tiwari held them guilty under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) including under section 304 (A) (causing death by negligence), 336 (acts endangering life or personal safety of others) and 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others). Original charges of culpable homicide, which carries a potential 10-year sentence.

Eight accused in the case are Keshub Mahendra, UCIL India chairman, Vijay Gokhle, managing director, Kishore Kamdar, vice president, J Mukund, workers manager, S P Choudhary, Production Manager, K V Shetty, superintendent, S I Quershi, production assistant of UCIL and UCIL Calcutta. Every accused  is being given punishment of 2-2 years.

Twenty years ago Union Carbide paid $470m (£282m) in compensation to the Indian government. Warren Anderson, the former chairman of Union Carbide Corporation, was arrested, but later released on bail. Anderson has since been absconding.

40-year-old Nafisa Ali, a teenager at the time of the disaster, it was a constant battle with sickness. All she got was a measly twenty-five thousand rupees. She died of renal failure.

Waheed Khan, a local lawyer, are still fighting against the bias in compensation to gas victims.

The compensation money was not, so each victim got far less than they should have and there are many who did not even get a single penny.

It was a blinding gas, which killed many on the station instantly. Others choked, including Ghulam Dastagir - the Deputy Station Superintendent on duty at the time.

Abdul Jabbar, who was 28-year-old when the gas tragedy struck the city. Today, he has lost nearly 50 per cent of his vision, his lungs are shrivelled up, but his fight for the gas victims continues.

CBI counsel C Sahay had argued that defective design of UCIL and its poor maintenance resulted into the tragedy that had left 2259 dead immediately after the mishap.

Only those people are accused What about the Government and inspection team?

The Government of that time is also accused in this tragedy?

Shrusti Jain

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