Press Release- Bhopal Gas Peedith Mahila Udyog Sanghathan ( BGPMUS)


BGPMUS-BGPSSS: Press Statement-15-03-2013
*BHOPAL GAS PEEDITH MAHILA UDYOG SANGHATHAN (BGPMUS)*

51, Rajender Nagar, Bhopal – 462010

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*BHOPAL GAS PEEDITH SANGHARSH SAHAYOG SAMITI (BGPSSS)*

C/o Delhi Science Forum, D-158, Saket, New Delhi- 110017

*PRESS STATEMENT*

15 March 2013

Responding to criticism about the brazen manner in which the Italian
Government had reneged on the commitment made to the Supreme Court of
India, Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh stated in Parliament on 13.03.2013
that: *“Our government has… insisted that the Italian authorities respect
the undertakings they have given to the Hon’ble Supreme Court and return
the two accused persons to stand trial in India. If they do not keep their
word there will be consequences for our relations with Italy.” *While this
purported resolve on the part of the Government of India (GOI) is wholly
welcome, it is, however, doubtful if the GOI would actually take all
necessary steps to ensure the return of the said accused to India in the
light of the GOI’s shameful past record in this regard.

It is a well-known fact that the GOI has done pretty little to bring Warren
Anderson, accused No.1 in the Bhopal Gas Leak disaster criminal case, to
justice even twenty-eight years after disaster. BGPMUS and BGPSSS would
like to point out that it was based on a written undertaking that he would
return to India to stand trial that Warren Anderson was allowed to fly back
to the U.S. within six hours after he was arrested in Bhopal on 07.12.1984.
It is, therefore, evident that the written undertaking on behalf of
Anderson was given only for hoodwinking the Bhopal gas-victims and other
concerned citizens and not for holding the accused to account. The
connivance on the part of the GOI in allowing Warren Anderson to go
scot-free is apparent on the face of it. In all these years, the Government
of Madhya Pradesh too has not exerted any pressure on the GOI to seek
extradition of Warren Anderson from the U.S. to stand trial in India. Other
instances of tardiness/active connivance on the part of the GOI in allowing
accused persons to flee the country include the following:

– On 29.07.1993, Ottavio Quattrocchi, an Italian businessperson who
acted as a conduit for bribes in the Bofors scandal, managed to escape from
India because of the unwillingness on the part of the GOI to take timely
action despite having adequate prima facie evidence against him in the
matter. On two more occasions in 2006 and 2007, the GOI intervened to let
him completely off the hook.

– On 22.12.1995, Kim Davy, who was instrumental in air-dropping a large
consignment of AK-47 rifles, pistols, anti-tank grenades, rocket launchers
and thousands of rounds of ammunition in Purulia district of West Bengal on
17.12.1995, was allowed to escape from the Mumbai airport despite the
Indian Air Force  managing to force-land the aircraft in which he was
travelling. Since then, Kim Davy, who has actively aided and abetted
terrorist activities in India, has found a safe haven in Denmark and the
GOI – other than pretending that it is seeking Kim Davy’s extradition to
India – has done little to mount pressure on the Government of Denmark to
hand-over the terrorist to India.

– Peter Bleach, co-accused in the same Purulia arms-drop case, who was
arrested by the police at the Mumbai airport on 22.12.1995 and who was
subsequently sentenced to life-imprisonment, was granted Presidential
pardon at the behest of the British Government and was allowed to leave the
country on 04.02.2004. As to why the British Government had come to the
defense of a terrorist and as to why the GOI was lenient enough to let go a
terrorist, who was caught red-handed while aiding and abetting terrorism in
India, are matters that require serious introspection.

– Based on an undertaking by the French Government on 06.01.1998, the
two French nationals Francois Clavel and Elle Philippe, who were arrested
in 1996 off the coast of Kochi as accused in the Ocean survey espionage
case, were allowed to leave the country on the condition that they would
return to India by 10.05.1998. Although the French Government has reneged
on the undertaking for the last fifteen years, the GOI is yet to take the
French Government to task for failing to ensure the return of the said two
accused French nationals to India to stand trial.

– On 14.05.2004, Rabinder Singh, a Joint Secretary in the Research &
Analysis Wing (RAW – the external intelligence agency of the Government of
India) and who was suspected to be a CIA mole in RAW, managed to escape to
the U.S. reportedly with copies of several sensitive documents.  The GOI
has till date not exerted any pressure on the U.S. Administration to
handover the traitor, who has compromised India’s security.

– On 16.07.2012, an Indian fisherman was killed and three other Indian
fishermen were injured when without any provocation their fishing boat was
fired upon by guards aboard a U.S. Naval ship just off the coast of Dubai.
The GOI had done little to hold the U.S. Government responsible for the
mindless crime and to take necessary action accordingly.

– Although, as per the U.S. Court verdict of 24.01.2013, David Headley
was found guilty of playing a key role in masterminding the Mumbai
terrorist strike of 26.11.2008, the GOI has not exerted sufficient pressure
on the U.S. Government to handover the terrorist to India. The GOI is
reluctant to raise the obvious question as to why the U.S. Government is
intent on shielding Headley and shying away from extraditing him to India
if the U.S. Government has nothing to hide regarding the 26/11 Mumbai
attack.

There can be no solution to these problems until and unless the GOI and the
concerned political parties in this country are willing to give up their
subservient attitude towards Western Powers and are ready to uphold the
dignity of the people of India. The sooner they do so, the better.

Abdul Jabbar Khan

(Convener, BGPMUS)

N.D.Jayaprakash

(Co-Convener, BGPSSS)

 

#India-More than reforms, it is revolution which is required


CLAUDE ARPI | Agency: DNA | Monday, December 31, 2012

During the last few days, innumerable experts have commented on or analysed the gang rape that triggered one of the largest mass protests the capital has witnessed in recent years.

With the death of the 23-year-old woman after her doubtful transfer to a Singapore ‘specialty’ hospital, the pressure on the government is mounting.

The protesters have many demands, including removal of Neeraj Kumar, the Delhi Police Commissioner, immediate compensation for rape victims; registration of FIRs for all complaints relating to rape, sexual harassment and crimes against women and safety for women in public transport.

All this is good, but will it solve the problem?

Having lived in India for the past 40 years and closely watched the Indian society, I would like to offer a comment, which seems to me very basic.

Many have spoken of ‘fast-track’ tribunals for the rapists. This demand is an admission in itself: there is no justice in India today.

There are many reasons why it is so. To put the blame entirely on the judiciary would be wrong. As for many other issues, it appears that the system has somewhere gone berserk, and only a revolution could change the status quo.

Hundreds of examples of justice being denied can be cited, but in the end, the outcome remains the same.

The Bofors has been one of the main scandals in modern India. The then prime minister, Rajiv Gandhi, was suspected to have benefitted of kickbacks fromBofors to win a bid to supply 155 mm field Howitzers for the Indian Army. BoforsAB, a Swedish firm, was the main culprit.

The scam led to the defeat of the Congress in the November 1989 general elections.

Ottavio Quattrocchi, the middleman associated with the scandal, was an Italian businessman representing the petrochemicals firm Snamprogetti in India. He was reportedly close to the Gandhi family.

The Delhi High Court quashed all proceedings in the case in June, 2002. The order was reversed by the Supreme Court in July, 2003.

In January 2006, it was found that the CBI had unfrozen the bank accounts ofQuattrocchi who could flee the country. In 30 years, no justice has been rendered.

Then remember the Bhopal gas tragedy, one of the world’s worst industrial disasters. On the night of December 2, 1984, an accident at the Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) pesticide plant in Bhopal exposed lakhs of people to methylisocyanate gas.

The death toll estimates vary between 4,000 and 8,000. In an affidavit in 2006, the government admitted that the leak caused 5,58,125 injuries.

Civil and criminal cases have been pending for decades in the Bhopal District Court. In June 2010, Warren Anderson, the UCIL chairman, and seven UCILofficials were convicted of causing death by negligence and sentenced to two years imprisonment and fined about $2,000, the maximum punishment allowed by Indian law. Anderson could not be extradited and a meager compensation was paid to a few of the victims. Where is the justice?

Do you remember Harshad Mehta, the Mumbai stockbroker? He was charged with financial crimes that took place in 1992.

Cleverly exploiting loopholes in the banking system, Mehta siphoned off funds from inter-bank transactions and bought shares at a premium, triggering a rise in the Sensex. He was charged with 72 criminal offences, and more than 600 civil action suits were filed against him.

Of the criminal charges brought against him, he was only convicted of one, before his death at age 48, in 2001.

These are well-publicised cases, but there are thousands, if not lakhs, of smaller cases.

Take the case of road accidents. India has the dubious distinction of having the largest number of road casualties in the world. A government report says that in 2009, 1,25,660 people were killed in road accidents and another 5,15,458 received severe or minor injuries. It has probably increased since then.

The point is that inebriated or licenceless drivers are hardly punished and the family of the dead rarely compensated. It was reported that in Tamil Nadu, which has one of the highest number of road accidents, less than two-digit licences were withdrawn last year. No justice again.

Examples could go on.

It is unfortunate that the same thing happens for rape, sexual harassment or violence against women. More than reform, it is revolution which is required.

The street protests are perhaps a first manifestation of the ‘enough-is-enough’ popular sentiment. But the government is incapable of reading the writing on the wall.

One thing is sure, don’t expect the politicians or the judiciary to take the lead to bring more justice to the common men, it will never happen.

The author is a French-born journalist and writer

 

The unfinished story of Bhopal 1984 #musicalactivism #rap


Dec. 2nd. 1984 was the tragic day when the negligence of Union Carbide led to the Bhopal gas tragedy, an industrial disaster that killed over 25,000 people and cursed generations to a host of diseases and genetic afflictions.

This is a day we cannot dare forget.

So with the vocal talents of rapper Anmol Gawand and the vocals and production of Jackson John joined by yours truly, we bring to you “Bhopal M.I.C”, our song to commemorate this day and honour the memories of those affected by this tragedy.

Incidentally, the “M.I.C” in Bhopal M.I.C doesn’t stand for microphone. It stands for Methyl Iso-Cyanate, the lethal gas that was released into the city of Bhopal on 2nd Dec., 1984. 25,000 dead and still counting.

http://soundcloud.com/alistrap/bhopal-m-i-c-feat-a-gee

 

Bhopal Gas Tragedy Victims file petition for reissuing notice to Dow Chemicals


clean up Bhopal now

clean up Bhopal now (Photo credit: Ascanio)

 

SATURDAY, 01 DECEMBER 2012 18:32
STAFF REPORTER | BHOPAL, Pioneer

 

Bhopal gas tragedy victims have filed a petition for reissuing the notice to Dow Chemicals Limited, USA. A victim’s delegation also met Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday demanding compensation for the environmental loss due to the tragedy.
Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Udyog Sangathan Convener Abdul Jabbar said a petition has been filed by the organisation for reissuing of a notice issued by CJM Bhopal in January 2005 in wake of lifting of the stay in October this year. In January 2005 CJM issued a showcause notice to Dow Chemicals to reply that since they are the new owner of Union Carbide now why they should not be liable for the gas tragedy.
The organisation has also demanded that report of present status of a case filed by CBI in Delhi Metropolitan court in which permanent warrant has been issued against Warren Anderson and the sensitive gas tragedy file which at present is with Kochar Commission should be submitted before the CJM so that the hearing may proceed. Jabbar further said that a delegation led by him met Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Chief Secretary R Parshuram on Friday put their demands before them.
The main demands include that the criminal case of the gas leak tragedy should be heard in a special court so that the case can be completed speedily. The other demand is that the Indian Government should ask for compensation from Dow Chemicals for the environmental loss occurred due to the gas leak. They also demanded that a review of rehabilitation work and also the compensation amount should be done earnestly.

 

 

Bhopal tragedy: India yet to bring Warren Anderson, Union Carbide to book


LEMUEL LALL BHOPAL, NOVEMBER 29, 2012 | UPDATED 15:14 IST, Indiatoday.in

TAGS: Bhopal | Bhopal gas tragedy | Union Carbide |Warren Anderson | Warren Anderson extradition | Bhopal gas tragedy anniversary
Archive photos of the Bhopal gas tragedy
Archive photos of the Bhopal gas tragedy.
Even 28 years after the world’s worst industrial disaster – Bhopal Gas Tragedy, India has failed to extradite and try the prime accused in the case Warren Anderson, former Chairman of Union Carbide Corporation USA.

Four days after toxic gas spewed from the now defunct Bhopal Union Carbide Factory on December 3, 1984, killing more than 15,000 persons and maiming a huge number of people, Anderson came to the Madhya Pradesh capital via Mumbai from US but after being arrested for a few hours managed to escape using a landline phone kept in his detention room.

India Today Cover Story on the Bhopal Gas Tragedy

Since then he has not returned to face trial and is a declared fugitive in India.

“Had we removed the land line phone from his room, Anderson, would not have escaped. He possibly made calls from the phone to contacts in US to help him leave India,” the then Bhopal collector Moti Singh told India Today. The US Embassy reportedly mounted pressure on India government which budged and released Anderson, a resident of 39 Old Ridgebury Road, Danbury, Connecticut, USA, on bail.

After the verdict of June 7, 2010, convicting seven executives of Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) to two years imprisonment, was described as too little-too late and drew public outcry across the world, especially against Anderson, the Indian government in a damage-control exercise sent a fresh request to the US for his extradition according to the provisions of extradition treaty, on April 28, 2011.

Raghu Rai

After a reminder, the US Department of Justice on January 11 this year informed the Embassy of India in Washington that the matter is still under examination and no decision has yet been taken by them on extradition of Anderson.

Before this, the Indian government, which has been too kind to Anderson in May 2003, had forwarded a request for extradition of Anderson. This request was declined by the US in June 2004 stating that it didn’t meet the relevant provision of the Indo-USA extradition treaty of 1999.

In 2004, 2005 and 2008, the India government had taken up the matter with the US but Washington had turned down Anderson’s extradition requests.

The prosecuting agency in the case – Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is soft-peddling Anderson’s trial and this can be gauged from the fact that the country’s premier investigation agency had in 2002 filed an application in the then Bhopal Chief Judicial Magistrate Rameshwarjee Kote’s court for the recall of an arrest warrant issued against Anderson under section 304 (II) (culpable homicide inviting 10 years imprisonment, or a fine, or both) and issuance of fresh warrant under section 304 (a) (criminal negligence inviting 2 years imprisonment, or a fine, or both.

Pictures of the Bhopal gas tragedy

Kote dismissed this application on August 28, 2002.

On February 1, 1992, the Bhopal CJM court declared Anderson an absconder and ordered that UCIL property be attached to the state.

The CJM, Bhopal, had been pulling the CBI from time to time over Anderson and on September 7, 2001 it had directed the agency to furnish details of measures taken by government to extradite Anderson, on a petition moved by the NGOs working for the survivors of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy.

The courts in Bhopal have issued non-bailable warrants against Anderson twice. The Bhopal Chief Judicial Magistrate issued a warrant on March 27, 1992 and Judicial Magistrate First Class Mohan P Tiwari issued the arrest warrant on July 2, 2009.

A one-man judicial commission, headed by retired Justice S L Kochar, formed in 2010 to probe into the gas tragedy by the state government has recently served a notice on Anderson. The Commission is also looking into the then government’s role in the arrest, release and safe passage given to Anderson to fly from Bhopal to Delhi and finally to the US.

Pictures of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy

According to the NGOs working for survivors of the tragedy, the Congress government and BJP led-NDA regime have been pussy-peddling on Anderson’s extradition.

“Anderson escaped from the country after the Congress government at the Centre buckled under US pressure in 1984. Similarly, the CBI when NDA government was power in 2002 tried to dilute charges against Anderson so he become non extraditable under the provisions of Indo-US Extradition Treaty,” Abdul Jabbar of Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Udyog Sangathan – an NGO, says.

“We have filed a petition in the court seeking action against Moti Singh and the then Bhopal Superintendent of Police Swaraj Puri in connection with escape of Anderson. He was given a VIP treatment during detention and was given bail in a wrong way,” Jabbar says.

“We have filed an application under Freedom of Information Act in US to obtain information regarding the status on Anderson’s extradition,” Rachna Dhingra of Bhopal Group for Information and Action, an NGO, says. “We are pursuing the case,” she says.

Read more at:http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/bhopal-set-to-mourn-28-years-of-infamy-when-india-couldnt-bring-anderson-union-carbide-to-book/1/235289.html

 

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