18 years after the tragedy, despair and suffering continue as the culprits remain at large.
Burial of young Leela. Had her body not been recognised and claimed, she would have joined thousands of others on the mass cremation pyres.
The Death Doctor. 'I must have performed more than 20,000 autopsies so far. No relative of a gas victim can get a compensation claim for a death without my certificate. It has been a nightmarish experience.' Dr. Sathpathy, the forensic expert at the state government's Hamidia Hospital, the only one functioning on the night of the disaster.
Foetuses which were aborted by pregnant women escaping from the gas, or shortly after the gas leak, were preserved at the state government's Hamidia Hospital, to establish the cause of death.
Shakeel Quereshi was the shift-in charge at the Union Carbide factory on the night of 2-3 December 1984. 'I am one of the witnesses as well as accused in this case. The disaster unfolded before my eyes. But the fact remains that my life has been wrecked and still I am being treated like an accused. I was badly exposed to the MIC gas leaking in the plant and have survived mainly on a strong dose of steroids and will power.'