A conglomerate of five NGOs fighting for the rights of the survivors of Bhopal gas tragedy, under the banner of International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal, on Tuesday expressed annoyance due to the repeated non-appearance of the officials of Dow Chemical Company, US — the current owner of Union Carbide — in response to the notice sent by the Bhopal district court.
The NGOs blamed both the Indian and the US governments for their continued support to the offending corporations. The NGOs had earlier written to the Indian prime minister and US president, seeking immediate action.
It was for the second time on Monday that the Dow Chemical Company (TDCC), US failed to appear before the court.
The organisations pointed out that Union Carbide was charged with grave criminal offences, including culpable homicide for the 1984 disaster, but was absconding from the Bhopal district court since 1992. The chief judicial magistrate had summoned Dow Chemical to explain why it did not make its subsidiary face trial in the case.
According to the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal, the Bhopal court’s notice was twice served on Dow Chemical through the US state and justice departments. However, the corporation allegedly ignored the notice.
The organisations condemned the low priority accorded to the ongoing criminal cases on the world’s worst industrial disaster. They said while the state government had promised day-to-day hearing, the case had not moved at all in last four years.