BHOPAL, MARCH 2, 2006 (PTI):
Organisations fighting for the cause of Bhopal gas tragedy victims have asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to urge visiting US President George W Bush, to facilitate extradition of Warren Anderson, a prime accused in the criminal case related to the disaster.
The Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Udyog Sangathan (BGPMUS) and the Bhopal Gas Peedit Sangharsh Sahayog Samiti (BGPSSS) have sent letter to the Prime Minister asking him to raise the issue of Anderson’s extradition with Bush during his visit, Sangathan Convenor Abdul Jabbar, told PTI here.
Besides, over 10,000 gas victims have sent postcards to Singh seeking his support in preventing officials of Union Carbide Corporation (UCC) from escaping from liability of the heinous crime, as the impact of the Methyl Icocynate Gas leak from the Carbide plan here on the intervening night of December 2-3, 1984 was ten times greater than the 9/11 terrorist attack on the US, he claimed.
Anderson, then Chairman of UCC, is facing a non-bailable warrant of arrest issued against him in 1992 by a local court which also directed the Centre to seek his extradition from the US, Jabbar said.
Unfortunately, even after 14 years the Centre has failed to execute the warrant due to non-cooperation of US administration, he alleged.