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Former employees of Union Carbide India Ltd found guilty of causing death by negligence over disaster that killed at least 15,000.

An Indian court today convicted seven former senior employees of Union Carbide's Indian subsidiary of causing "death by negligence over their part in the Bhopal gas tragedy in which an estimated 15,000 people died more than 25 years ago.

The subsidiary company, Union Carbide India Ltd – which no longer exists – was convicted of the same charge.

The former employees, many now in their 70s, face up to two years in prison. The judge has not yet announced sentences.

Large groups of survivors and relatives, along with rights activists, gathered in Bhopal, in central India. They said the verdict was too little, too late.

On 3 December 1984, about 40 tonnes of deadly methyl isocyanate gas leaked from a pesticide plant run by Union Carbide into the air in Bhopal, killing about 4,000 people.

The lingering effects of the poison increased the death toll to about 15,000 over the next few years, according to government estimates.

Local activists insist the actual toll is almost twice as high, and say the company and government have failed to clean up toxic chemicals at the plant, which closed after the accident.

The verdicts – which are likely to be appealed against – came as the case crawled through India's notoriously slow judicial system.

The country's Central Bureau of Investigation had originally accused 12 defendants – eight senior Indian company officials, Warren Anderson, the head of Union Carbide Corp at the time of the gas leak, the company itself, and two subsidiary companies.

One of the Indian officials has since died. Anderson, and Union Carbide and its subsidiaries, have never appeared in court proceedings.

Union Carbide was bought by the Dow Chemical Co in 2001. Dow says the legal case was resolved in 1989 when Union Carbide settled with the Indian government for $470m (£326m), and that all responsibility for the factory now rested with the government of the state of Madhya Pradesh, which owns the site.

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Yes, no Americans.

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This is one of those illustrations of how corporates move.

After the event Union Carbide India Ltd went into liquidation and therefore in law not responsible.

The lead actors went on to resume life as if nothing happened.

Dow Corning gave the Indian Government $470m and took over the assets of Union Carbide.

The Indian Government and Union Carbide and Dow Corning are now not responsible in law to the victims.

And twenty five years later people are still dying as the area is still highly toxic and have not been properly compensated.

Compensation ran at around $550 dollars or less than one year's pay.

American corporatism, Indian Government corruption and the fact that these people are the voiceless oppressed and down trodden,

ensures that even in a democracy there is no justice.   


And a democracy is just another money conspiracy.     

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Kbay

I will look for the other thread.

I didn't look there because it does not involve China.

So hence I posted in: World Affairs.

Cheers.

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Union Carbide

The compensation:
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Union Carbide a 51% American owned.................

But they wriggled out..........

They were taken over by Dow Corning who made an out of court settlement to the Indian Government.

They then walked away..................

No penalties or responsible were placed on American executives.

Bhopal is still toxic today, some 25 years later.

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And they are still dying..................

The USA has great compensation packages in the US.

They have great HR.


But not for foreigners.


Sorry...............  

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