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NGOs demand extradition of absconding accused of gas tragedy

bhopal Updated: Jun 16, 2010 21:53 IST
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NGOs fighting for the 1984 gas tragedy victims today demanded extradition of Union Carbide chief Warren Anderson, a special prosecution cell for trying the absconding accused and enhancement of the punishment of those found guilty by the court in its verdict.

The demand was made as a five-member expert committee met here for the first time after the court verdict on Bhopal gas tragedy to deliberate on various legal aspects and options available for ensuring justice to the affected persons.

The committee comprised State Advocate General R D Jain, former state advocate generals Vivek Tankha and Anand Mohan Mathur, State Law Department Principal Secretary A K Mishra and legal luminary Shantilal Lodha.

Since Mathur was not present in the meeting due to bad health, the committee members will be going to Indore to hold discussions with him on the issue, Gas Tragedy Relief and Rehabilitation Secretary S R Mohanty told PTI.

The Convenor of the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Udyog Sanghthan Abdul Jabbar pressed for the extradition of Union Carbide Corporation's (UCC) then Chairman, Warren Anderson by sending an application to US State and Justice Department.

Besides Anderson, the NGOs also demanded extradition of authorised representatives of UCC's Hongkong-based unit and legal action by engaging US lawyers in the matter.