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Eight Former Executives Convicted in Bhopal Case

3:42 PM MDT | June 7, 2010 | Deepti Ramesh

A Bhopal, India court has convicted eight people for “death by negligence” for failing to prevent the 1984 accident at Union Carbide’s Bhopal plant when a methyl isocyanate (MIC) leak killed more than 3,500. The eight convicted include Keshub Mahindra, former chairman of the Indian arm of Union Carbide, and other former senior Indian officials of the company. Specific sentences have not been set, but each could face up to two years in prison for causing death by negligence. Warren Anderson, chairman of Union Carbide at the time of the MIC leak and a...

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Comments (1) for Eight Former Executives Convicted in Bhopal Case
Nearly 41 tonnes of methyl isocyanate (MIC) and Phosgene gas, both noxious and lethal chemicals that are used as intermediates in the manufacture of fertilizer Sevin, leaked out after midnight on December 2 from an underground storage tank that had been installed at the Indian subsidiary of Union Carbide Corporation in Bhopal.

The leak lead to the largest industrial catastrophe in the world's history that killed some 15,274 (official figure as per a judicial review) and affected some 6 lakh --of Bhopal's total population of 9 lakh in 1984 of the town's populace who suffer from chronic joint pains, itchy skin, muscle weakness, poor eyesight, lung cancer to this day.

It was not just the MIC that wreaked havoc. Another poisonous chemical agent Phosgene also leaked into the air and spread fast as the winter winds blew across the plant and spread the gas fumes to other parts of Bhopal.
Posted by Danish Jamal on Wednesday, June 9, 2010 @ 12:28 AM

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