|A lone girl is refreshing under the late monsoon rain in the impoverished Oriya Basti Colony in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India, near the former Union Carbide industrial complex, Aug. 25, 2009. When the heavy monsoon rain falls every year, the rain seeps through the buried waste of Union Carbide pollute Bhopal's underground reservoirs. Over 30.000 people are here at risk by the ongoing underground water contamination. (Photo: China Daily/CHIPP Organizing Committee)
BHOPAL, India, June 7 (Xinhua) -- All eight accused in the 1984 Bhopal gas leak tragedy, which killed thousands of people and maimed hundreds of thousands more, were held guilty by a local court here in the central Indian city Bhopal Monday.
Former Chairman of the U.S.-based Union Carbide Corporation Warren Anderson is among the eight convicted. Warren Anderson is absconding since the tragedy. In fact, no one from Union Carbide America and Union Carbide Eastern Hong Kong ever appeared in the court here.
Besides Anderson, the other accused persons are former Union Carbide India Ltd (UCIL) Chairman Keshub Mahendra, former Managing Director (MD) Vijay Gokhle, ex-Vice President (VP) Kishore Kamdar, ex-Works Manager J Mukund, ex-Production Manager S. P. Choudhary, ex-Plant Superintendent K. V. Shetty, ex-Production Assistant S. I. Quershi.
Another accused R.B. Roychoudhary who was assistant works manager with UCIL at that time died during the trial.
Chief Judicial Magistrate Mohan P. Tiwari gave the judgement 25 years after the tragedy when the deadly methyl isocyanate gas leaked from the Union Carbide plant on the night of Dec. 2, 1984.
According to sources, 178 prosecution witnesses deposed before the court during the trial.
All the convicted persons were held guilty under Sections 304-A (causing death by negligence), 304-II (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 336, 337 and 338 (gross negligence) of the Indian Penal Code.
The judge will pronounce the sentence later.