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Former chairman may face extradiction for Bhopal disaster
9/2/2002 4:23:00 PM

Activists in Mumbai protest against American multinational Dow Chemical in the ongoing criminal case on the Bhopal gas disaster. (AP Photo)

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BHOPAL, India – Dating back to December 3, 1984, a pesticide plant in Bhopal, accidentally released approximately 40 metric tons of methyl isocyanate into the atmosphere. The incident was a catastrophe for Bhopal, with an estimated 2000 casualties, 100,000 injuries, and significant damage to livestock and crops. The long-term health effects from such an incident are difficult to evaluate; the International Medical Commission on Bhopal estimated that as of 1994 upwards of 50,000 people remained partially or totally disabled.

Now, a court ruled that former chairman Warren Anderson of the US-based Union Carbide should face culpable homicide charges over the 1984 Bhopal gas disaster, rejecting the Indian government's attempt to dilute it to negligence.

Anderson now faces the prospect of being extradited from the United States to stand trial in India, where he faces a jail term of up to 20 years if found guilty.

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