Warren M Anderson, the former Chairman of Union Carbide Corporation who was blamed for the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy died. He was 92.
Anderson died on 29 September 2014 at a nursing home in Vero Beach, Florida but his death was not announced by his family and was confirmed from public records.
About Warren M Anderson
• He was an American businessman who served as Chairman and CEO of the Union Carbide Corporation at the time of the Bhopal disaster in 1984
• Warren M Anderson was officially labeled as a fugitive by Chief Judicial Magistrate of Bhopal on 1 February 1992. The judge also called him an absconder for failing to appear at the court hearings in a culpable homicide case.
• Union government requested the US government to extradite him several times but it denied always since the first extradition request in 2003 citing a lack of evidence.
• Anderson who reached Bhopal four days after the accident was immediately arrested but was bailed quickly, after which he never returned India to face trial.
About 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy
1984 Bhopal gas tragedy is also referred as Bhopal disaster was a gas leak incident in India that occurred on the night of 2 and 3 December 1984. This disaster is considered as world’s worst industrial disaster.
The accident occurred after a chemical reaction in a plant that made insecticides caused a leak of toxic gases (Methyl Isocyanate (MIC) gas and other chemicals) which swept across the area. As per Madhya Pradesh government’s data 3787 people were killed due to this leakage of the poisonous gas. Whereas, the unofficial estimates says that the death toll exceeded 10000.
About 5 lakh people were exposed to the toxic substance that made its way in and around the towns that was located near the plant.
When: 29 September 2014