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Angry scenes outside Bhopal court

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Angry scenes outside Bhopal court


There have been angry scenes outside a court in India as eight people were convicted over the 1984 disaster at Bhopal.

Many who survived what is still the world’s worst industrial accident were there to hear the verdict for themselves.

They were refused entry and, angry at convictions of negligence and not homicide, they urged the government to do more.

Appeals are expected against the two-year prison sentences handed down.

Warren Anderson, the Chairman of the company at the time, is living in the U.S. He was named with the accused, declared an “absconder” by the court and not mentioned in today’s verdict.

Campaigners say 15000 died as a result of the Bhopal leak in 1984, and the effects continue to this day.

Many living in the shadow of the Union Carbide plant were blinded by the cloud of corrosive gas.

Others were left with damaged lungs after inhaling the toxic vapour.

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