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Tell the Indian government to say YES to a clean up in Bhopal

***Urgent Action Alert***
Fax the Government! Join the nationwide hungerstrike!

In a historic ruling reached in response to a suit filed by Bhopal survivors, a court in New York has agreed to consider survivors’ claims for getting Union Carbide to clean up the toxic wastes in Bhopal.

For this to happen, the Indian Government needs to submit a letter to the New York court expressing its support for the survivors’ claims, and assuring the court of the Government’s interest in having Union Carbide clean-up the contaminated site and groundwater.

The DEADLINE set by the New York court for receipt of such a letter is June 30, 2004.

1) Fax the Indian government HERE
2) Join the nationwide hunger strike HERE
3)Call, write, and email the Indian gov’t!! Read on for more details.

If the Indian government sends a letter to the New York court by June 30, Carbide could be forced to clean up

Contact the Prime Minister of India and the Minister of Chemicals, Gov’t of India:

Request that the Government of India say “YES” to a cleanup in Bhopal.

Request that the Government send the letter to the New York court by June 30, 2004, expressing support to survivors’ claims for environmental remediation by Union Carbide.

Address your calls, faxes and emails to:

1. Dr Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India
Prime Minister’s Office
Room No. 152,
South Block,
New Delhi, 110001
Tel: +91 11 23012312, 23018939, Fax : 23016857

Bungalow No. 19,
Safdarjung Road,
New Delhi. 110011
Residence Tel 23018668, 23015470
Fax : 23015603

2. Mr. Ram Vilas Paswan, Minister of Chemicals
Tel: +91 11 23386519, 23386364 Fax: 011 +91 11 233 86519

3. Or send the letter below to the Government of India.

1. Ask for The Indian High Commissioner.
2. Subject of the call: To urge the Government of India to submit a letter by JUNE 30 supporting Bhopal survivors’ claims in ongoing lawsuit in New York court seeking remediation of contaminated factory site and surroundings by Union Carbide.
3. More than 5000 tons of toxic wastes abandoned by Union Carbide in Bhopal represents an ongoing source of pollution.
4. Nearly 20,000 people in the vicinity are forced to consume contaminated water due to the inaction by the Government and the company.
5. After two decades of inaction by Government and industry, survivors approached the Second District Court of New York seeking remediation of contaminated site and groundwater by Union Carbide.
6. Clean-up should be paid for by the Polluter — Union Carbide. Costs of clean-up can run into several hundreds of crores, and shouldn’t be passed on to taxpayers.
7. The Second District Court of New York has indicated that it will consider the claim if it receives a letter BY JUNE 30 from the Government of India indicating the Government’s support of plaintiffs’ claims for remediation by Union Carbide.
8. Reiterate that you are calling to press upon the Government to submit a letter to the New York court supporting the survivors’ claims for clean-up by Union Carbide.


The world’s worst-ever industrial disaster devastated the Indian city of Bhopal nearly 20 years ago, in 1984. Union Carbide’s deadly legacy continues to haunt the people of Bhopal. Toxic wastes abandoned by Union Carbide remain strewn in and around the factory site representing an ongoing source of pollution. Poisons from these wastes have contaminated the groundwater serving more than 20,000 people.

After two decades of inaction by the company and the Government, survivors and residents from the contaminated areas filed a suit in the Southern District Court of New York seeking clean-up of the contamination by Union Carbide.

A March 17, 2004, order of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York, USA, ruled that survivors’ claims seeking clean-up by Union Carbide should be considered by the New York District Court if “the Indian government or the State of Madhya Pradesh seeks to intervene in this action or otherwise urges the Court to order such relief.” The New York District Court has given the Government of India until June 30, 2004, to submit such a letter.


To: The Prime Minister,
Govt of India
Prime Minister’s Office
Room No. 152,
South Block,
New Delhi, 110001

Mr. Ram Vilas Paswan,
Minister of Chemicals
Shastri Bhavan
New Delhi 11000
Tel: +91 11 23386519, 23386364 Fax: +91 11 23384020

Dear Sir,
I’m writing to urge your Government to do right by the survivors of the Bhopal disaster by taking steps to address their long-standing concerns. Thousands of tons of toxic wastes lie dumped and open to the elements in and around the former Union Carbide factory in Bhopal. Poisons from these wastes have leached into the groundwater serving more than 20,000 people in the neighborhood.

After two decades of inaction by the company and the Government, survivors and residents from the contaminated areas filed a suit in the Southern District Court of New York seeking clean-up of the contamination by Union Carbide. (Sajida Bano et al v. Union Carbide Corporation and Warren Anderson)

A March 17, 2004, order of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York, USA, ruled that survivors’ claims seeking clean-up by Union Carbide should be considered by the New York District court if “the Indian government or the State of Madhya Pradesh seeks to intervene in this action or otherwise urges the Court to order such relief.” The New York District Court has given the Government of India until June 30, 2004, to submit such a letter.

Allowing the polluter to escape because it is a powerful MNC, and allowing the victims to be revictimised because they are seen as powerless poor people is a dangerous folly. Not only does it underestimate the power of organized and globalised resistance that the Bhopalis are capable of unleashing, it also projects India as a willing dumping ground for the world’s dirty technology.

I urge the Indian Government to support the legal action initiated by survivors by writing to the Southern District Court of New York urging the court to order plant site and groundwater remediation by Union Carbide Corporation.



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+++ Urgent Action Alert +++ Take action against corporate crime on Dec 3 2003

The International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal has declared the upcoming anniversary – 03/12/03 — of the 1984 Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal, the ‘Global Day of Action Against Corporate Crime’. Besides coordinating protests against Dow-Union Carbide facilities worldwide, the ICJB invites all groups fighting corporate crime to take action on December 3 against the human, environmental, consumer and labour rights violations by private or public corporations.

December 3 is a time for us to mourn for the dead but also to fight for the living, by reminding the world that Bhopal is not history but an ongoing crime that can yet be stopped. We believe that justice in Bhopal can set an inescapable precedent, aiding all those suffering at the hands of corporate criminals. Please follow the ‘03/12/03 Day of Action’ link on the left to find out more.


1. Face Trial : Ensure that prime accused Warren Anderson, former chairman of Union Carbide ceases absconding from criminal justice in India and the authorized representatives of the company [Dow-Union Carbide] face trial in the Bhopal criminal court.

2. Provide long term health care: Assume responsibility for the continuing and long term health consequences among the exposed persons and potentially their future generations. This includes medical care, health monitoring and necessary research studies.
The company must provide all information on the leaked gases and their medical consequences.

3. Clean up the poison: Remove the contamination of the ground water and soil in and around the abandoned Union Carbide factory in Bhopal. Provide for supply of safe drinking water to the community.

4. Provide Economic and social support : The corporation must provide income opportunities to victims who can not pursue their usual trade as a result of exposure induced illnesses and income support to families rendered destitute due to death or incapacitation of the breadwinner of the family.

December 3, 1984. Copyright Pablo Bartholomew.

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Bhopal clinic worker harassed by Hindutva thugs

Bhopal: On 11-12 October, 2003, Satinath (Satyu) Sarangi, Bhopal activist and coordinator of the Sambhavna Clinic in Bhopal, was threatened by militant Hindu fundamentalists from the right-wing Bajrang Dal. Not only that, Satyu is now faced with harassment charges of criminal intimidation and abuse filed by Bajrang Dal member Mr. Jeetu who claims that Satyu attacked him. Satyu is being targeted because his clinic provides service to numerous indigent survivors of the Bhopal holocaust, including a substantial number of muslim patients.

Please take a moment to help prevent Satyu from facing false charges.

The intimidation faced by Satyu is in line with the criminal and violent manner in which Hindu right-wing forces are openly pursuing their agenda.

Fortunately,Satyu’s filing at the police station reporting Mr. Jeetu’s intimidation and abuse precedes the report filed by the Bajrang Dal members. However, the charges against Satyu carry a maximum of 2 years in jail and/or fine.

We request you to spend a few minutes to call or fax the District Collector of Bhopal to vouch for Satyu’s character and protest against the communalisation of day-to-day life in India. A draft model letter is pasted below.

To: Shri Anurag Jain

Collector, Bhopal

Madhya Pradesh

Fax: +91 755 2546733. From within India, dial: 0755 2546733

Tel: +91 755 2550003. From within India, dial: 0755 2550003


Dear Sir:

DATE: 14 October, 2003

Subject: Communal thugs threaten well-known health activist Satinath Sarangi

I’m aware and heartened by your proactive efforts to curb communal forces in the city of Bhopal, and would like to express my concern over a disturbing incident that happened late at night on 11 October, 2003, in the jurisdiction of the Gautam Nagar Police Station.

Mr. Jeetu, a resident of Block A, Sheetal Nagar in the Gautam Nagar Police station area, was introduced to Mr. Satinath Sarangi by an acquaintance with whom the latter was chatting en route his home in Block B, Sheetal Nagar. Mr. Jeetu appears to be a local Bajrang Dal strongman. I’m sure investigations by your office will confirm his antecedents and connections to communal elements and activities. Subsequent to his introduction to Mr. Sarangi, Mr. Jeetu began abusing Sarangi for the latter’s alleged closeness to the Muslim community (particularly among the gas-affected) in Bhopal. Mr. Jeetu has also threatened Mr. Sarangi.

I know Satinath Sarangi to be an upright man who has dedicated the last 19 years of his life to the cause of justice for the survivors of the Bhopal disaster. Sarangi is well known in India and internationally, particularly for his work in providing quality and much-needed medical care to the survivors of the disaster through the clinic in which he works. I also know that Sarangi is devoid of any communal biases, and that the Sambhavna clinic caters to all survivors irrespective of their religion or caste.

Mr. Jeetu & co have not only threatened Mr. Sarangi and spouted openly communal and abusive statements, they have also filed a police complaint against him for criminal intimidation and abuse at the Gautam Nagar Police Station. Moreover, the only two witnesses to the incident – a watchman and Sarangi’s acquaintance who introduced him to Mr. Jeetu — are currently being threatened and are frightened to testify.

I request your office to verify the antecedents of Mr. Jeetu, and intervene to not only free Mr. Sarangi of the illegitimate charges faced by him, but also to root out communal thugs such as Mr. Jeetu to make Bhopal a safer place. I also request you to take steps to reassure the witnesses and provide them with the necessary assurances for their safety so that they can testify honestly when the need arises.


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Urgent Action Alert: Coca Cola pollution protestors arrested, falsely accused

Kerala: people protesting the Coca Cola Plachimada facility’s contamination of local groundwater and land – with toxins such as cadmium and lead – are experiencing repression at the hands of local police and company hirelings. 13 peaceful protestors – two of whom are leading activists against Coca Cola – have been arrested and falsely accused of trying to destroy company property. During 480 days of non-stop peaceful protests there have been over 300 arrests so far, after Coca Cola managers announced that the demonstrations, which have been supported by writers, poets, academics, scientists, engineers and health personnel amongst others, were “politically motivated”. The demonstrators, primarily adivasis, believe that Coca Cola is attempting to depict their protests as ‘extremist’ in order to bring them under the ambit of State anti-terrorist measures – and the local police seem to be obliging the company managers.

Please write to the Keralan Chief Minister to demand the unconditional release of the protestors and the withdrawal of false charges.


13 activists were arrested on 30 August 2003 at Palakkad when they were holding a peaceful demonstration in front of the Kerala Ground Water Board. The demonstration was organised by the People’s Union for Civil Liberties – Kerala to voice their protest against the inefficieancy of the Board in tackling the ground water problems created by Coca Cola Plachimada unit despite daily protests since 22 April 2002 by primarily the Adivasis who are the worst affected. Various government departments had also confirmed the existance of the problems – all related to the ground water.

Amongst the arrested were Venugopal Vilayodi, the General Secretary of PUCL-Kerala and Arumugham Pathichira both of whom are also key activists and leaders of the Coca-Cola Virudha Janakeeya Samara Samiti (Anti Coca Cola Peoples Struggle Committee) who has been spearheading this long drawn out struggle.

The arrested have been remanded for 5 days and falsely accused of attempting to destroy the office etc in an attempt to falsely and deliberately create an image of being ‘extremist’ or ‘terrorist’. The Revenue Divisional Officer, the DySP and other Senior Police officials were involved in the swoop to arrest the peaceful slogan shouting protesters. It may be recalled that a few days earlier, on 28 August 2003, the Coca Cola godown at Kochi (more than 200 kms away from Plachimada) was set on fire which has been widely publicised by the police and the media as possibly the handiwork of ‘extremists’.


There have been numerous arrests (over 300 arrests made at different times) times in the past over 480 days of continuous non-stop agitations. Ever since the Coca Cola Company announced that the struggle was ‘politically motivated’ it was clear that the struggle was planned to be crushed under the garb of fighting ‘extremism’ and ‘terrorism’.

It is noteworthy that – this is a democratic struggle of the people – this struggle has been peaceful without any incident of any violence (though there has been false cases foised against the agitators from time to time), despite repeated police provocation to incite violence, despite instigation and threats from the hirelings and goondas of Coca Cola management. – this struggle has been supported by the widest possible sections from across the state and other parts of the country – Gandhians, the radical left, the left, the socialists and democrats. There has been active support from numerous writers, poets, academics, scientists, engineers, health personnel and others. A large number of orgainsations have actively participated or supported the struggle.


The Coca Cola company had clearly contaminated the ground water, contaminated the land with carcinogens, drained the acquifers, sold or donated toxic wastes as fertilsers, gave more pesticides to drink in their drinks and lied at every step. They have been cornered and exposed. YET they continue to function freely !!

The manner in which the present arrests have been made, the manner in which the police have twisted their report to point out a finger to them as ‘extremist’ now after all this, indicates the unfolding collusion of the state government to put down the struggle by strong arm tactics.

It is indicative that the Congress led United Democratic Front of A.K Antony is all set to extend the collusion with Coca Cola by not only delaying any action against the company despite the piling up of official documents which indict the company on numerous counts, but also in building up a George Bush style ‘extremism’ bogey as the core of this democratic struggle. This, we fear, is designed to unleash violence and terror against the peaceful protesters – the Adivasis and others – to protect Coca Cola !!!


1999: Hindustan Coca Cola Beverages Ltd starts the Plachimade Unit 22 April 2002: Struggle launched against Coca Cola for the closure of the factory.

7 April 2003: Perumatty Panchayat revoks the Coke factory’s licence.

25 July 2003: BBC Radio announces that the samples of water and wastes sold by Coke as soil conditioner (but used by local farmers as fertiliser) contained dangerous levels of heavy metals (carcinogenice) such as cadmium and lead confirmed after testing in the laboratory at University of Exeter.

6 August 2003: The Kerala State Pollution Control Board confirms that Coke’s bottling plant at Plachimada had indeed been polluting the groundwater and agricultural land in and around its plant and that the existence of carcinogenic contaminants in the waste was confirmed. The Board also instructs the company not to let the sludge out of the factory premises and to stop distribution of the sludge as manure even within the factory premises. The Public Health Department had confirmed that the ground water around the plant in not ‘potable’. The Kerala Ground Water Board had confirmed the depletion of the ground water.

What you Can Do?
1. Send protest telegrams/fax messages/letters to:
Mr.A.K.Antony, Chief Minister
Government of Kerala
Address Office : Room No:141, IIIrd Floor, North Block,
Secretariat, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Tel: +91-471-2333812, 2332184, 2333682, 2518666, 2512040
Fax: +91-471-2333489.

In your letter,
– Protest against the arrest, and demand the unconditional release and withdrawal of false cases against activists;
– Demand immediate criminal action against Coca Cola, closure of the plant, compensation for the destruction of the water resources and restoration of the ecology.

2. Share this information with all those concerned about survival rights, human rights, environmental rights and the predatory nature of globalisation and multi-national companies.

3. Issue press releases condemning the arrests demanding the immediate closure of the Plachimada plant of Coca Cola.

4. Organise protests against Coca-Cola, a symbol of giant global predator

Yours in struggle

Veloor Swaminathan
Coca-Cola Virudha Janakeeya Samara Samithy (Anti Coca Cola Peoples
Struggle Committee)
Kannimari P.O
Palakkad District
India 678 534

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Do you know the whereabouts of Warren Anderson? The Government of India has asked for his extradition.

Warren Anderson, ex Chairman of Union Carbide Corporation is wanted by a court in Bhopal, India, to answer criminal charges of “culpable homicide” relating to the deaths of 20,000 people. The Government of India on 6 May 2003 requested the United States to extradite Anderson and hand him over to face trial in Bhopal. To date, no answer has been received from the US authorities.

In India Anderson is listed as a “fugitive from justice” having for 11 years ignored the summons to appear before the Chief Magistrate’s Court in Bhopal. We appeal to anyone who knows where he is hiding to come forward and inform the proper authorities. You may also contact us directly and in complete confidence with any information about Warren Anderson and his current whereabouts on THE ANDERSON HOTLINE.

Anderson’s last known addresses were: 929 Ocean Road, Bridgehampton,
New York, and 111 South Catalina Court, Vero Beach, Florida.

Broken bail bond (7 December 1984)

Proclamation from Bhopal Court published in Washington Post (1 January 1992)<

Arrest warrant (10 April 1992)

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