UCC continues to withhold medical information on the leaked chemicals, seriously impeding medical treatment of gas victims. Tens of thousands of people are unable to earn a living and their families are facing starvation. Over 95% of the survivors have received only about Rs. 15,000 as compensation.
The pesticide factory in Bhopal remains closed but over 5000 families in the neighbouring communities are still forced to drink water contaminated with Carbides chemical wastes that contain carcinogenic and other toxic chemicals.
Immediately after the disaster, Warren Anderson, Chairman of UCC, and other Indian officials were arrested on charges of culpable homicide, grievous assault, criminal conspiracy and other serious offences. Warren Anderson was released on the same day on Rs.20,000 bail. Since then UCC and Anderson have continued to ignore summons from the Bhopal court and have been declared absconders. Most of money paid by the company as settlement came from their insurance. The massacre in Bhopal cost the company about 48 cents per share!
Despite their best efforts to cover up the enormity of their crimes, the name BHOPAL has been and will continue to be a source of negative PR. Aware of this, Union Carbide began to erase it's name in 1992. Union Carbide Eastern, Hong Kong, another accused in the Bhopal case was reshuffled and given a new name. The Central Bureau of Investigation, prosecutors in the criminal case, has stated in court that it now has no means to proceed against the Hong Kong based company.
The Indian subsidiary of Union Carbide was renamed Eveready Industries India Limited in 1994 after shares were sold off to the Khaitan Group. The merger with The Dow Chemical Company is the final vanishing act of Union Carbide.