the Bhopal Magistrates Court, which reconvened yesterday
for the first time since dramatically rejecting
a bid to reduce charges against chief accused Warren
Anderson, schoolchildren from the gas-affected
areas of Bhopal came out to leave the CBI's lawyers
in no doubt of what the city's people want.
Dow Ko!", they shouted. "Beat Dow with brooms!"
A CBI official informed
the Judge, Chief Magistrate Rameshwar Kothe, that
the Court's arrest warrant against Warren Anderson,
former CEO of Union Carbide, who is Accused No 1,
had been translated from Hindi into English and handed
to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, so that extradition
proceedings could begin.
children were not impressed by vague promises. "We
have heard from our mothers and grandmothers what
happened here. Many people are sick. We think the
people who were responsible should be punished,"
said Bharati, 11.
"If this happened
in America," said Shekhar, 12, "the big
boss Anderson would be in prison."
Inside, the Court was hearing
from Rajendra Singh Pundheer [RSP], Former Production
Assistant at the Sevin Unit of the Union Carbide plant.
Singh (Prosecuting Counsel): When did you work in
RSP: From 1972 to 1984.
TPS: Did UCIL, Bhopal provide you with any technical
TPS: At which post did you work?
RSP: I was Production Assistant in the Sevin Unit
What were your responsibilities?
RSP: To look after production and meet targets.
TPS: In the Sevin Unit who was in charge of plant
RSP: Maintenance department used to look after that.
TPS: Who was in charge of personnel safety?
RSP: The shift in-charge.
TPS: On the night of the disaster which shift were
RSP: B Shift. 3 PM to 11 PM.
TPS: [shows the witness a paper] What document is
RSP: It is a log sheet for December 2, 1984 of Sevin
Unit and it has my signature at the bottom.
TPS: According to the log sheet, on December 2,
1984 how much MIC did you receive from MIC Unit?
RSP: 1110 litres of MIC in liquid form.
TSP: According to the log sheet, what was the temperature
of the liquid MIC?
RSP: It was 20 degrees centigrade.
TPS: According to the log sheet how much MIC was
there in the tank?
RSP: There was 65 litres already in the tank and
1110 litres was further received so there were 1175
litres in the tank. The entry in the log sheet has
been made by the operator and has been supervised
plain language, an untrained person was left
to supervise a transfer of MIC (methyl isocyanate),
well known to be a volatile and deadly chemical,
that was stored and moved around on site in
quantities that far exceeded all safety rules.
(Tank 610, which exploded, was 70% full, against
a safety maximum of 40%).
liquid MIC was at a temperature of 20 degrees
C. It was meant to be kept at 0 degrees C, but
other former-workers at the Union Carbide plant
have testified that the MIC storage tanks were
no longer being refrigerated, by order of the
management, in order to save a trivial sum on
case, without Anderson (Accused #1) or Carbide
(Accused #10) continues...
Carbide's fatal Tank 610