Justice With Brakes
- The gas leak on Dec 2, 1984, kills about 4,000 instantly
- Some estimate the toll rose to 25,000 dead, several incapacitated
- Union Carbide deposits $470 m for relief in 1989. Only part of it (Rs 1,151 cr) is handed out.
- In 2004, SC orders the handing out of the remaining Rs 1,503 cr
“Bhopals will happen, but the country has to progress.” Hard to believe, and enraging too. According to Sathyu Sarangi, a member of the Bhopal Group for Information & Action, a voluntary body, this is what Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told him and six of his colleagues when they met him on April 17, 2006, to press for action against Union Carbide Corporation (UCC), a wholly owned subsidiary of the American firm Dow Chemical Company since 2001. “Yes, I remember that clearly. This is what the prime minister said,” Sarangi tells...