?Ask Bush to facilitate Anderson?s extradition?

US PRESIDENT George Bush?s India visit has brought into sharper focus the inability of the Union Government to get main accused in the Bhopal gas disaster Warren Anderson extradited to appear in City?s court in the last two decades. Two organisations fighting for the cause of Bhopal gas victims have urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to prevail upon the visiting US President to facilitate extradition of Warren Anderson.

india Updated: Mar 03, 2006 16:04 IST

US PRESIDENT George Bush’s India visit has brought into sharper focus the inability of the Union Government to get main accused in the Bhopal gas disaster Warren Anderson extradited to appear in City’s court in the last two decades.
Two organisations fighting for the cause of Bhopal gas victims have urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to prevail upon the visiting US President to facilitate extradition of Warren Anderson.

The Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Udyog Sangathan (BGPMUS) and the Bhopal Gas Peedit Sangharsh Sahayog Samiti (BGPSSS) 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 the Hindustan Times here.

Besides, over 10,000 gas victims have sent postcards to the Prime Minister 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 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.

First Published: Mar 03, 2006 16:04 IST