Keshub Mahindra, 7 Others Sentenced For Bhopal Tragedy

Bhopal: A court here on Monday convicted all the eight accused, including the former chairman of Union Carbide, Keshub Mahindra, in the much vexed Bhopal gas tragedy case and awarded them a maximum of two years imprisonment. They were later released on bail in the evening.The verdict came 26 years after the tragedy on the night of December 2-3, 1984 ravaged the city, killing over 3000 people immediately and thousands more in the following months.Dozens of tonnes of poisonous methyl isocyanate gas leaked out from the Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) and killed over 35,000 people in its aftermath, as many campaigners claim till date.Warren Anderson, then chairman of the U.S.-based Union Carbide group, who was named ‘accused' in the tragedy, was absconding throughout the trial period. Interestingly, the court did not mention his name on Monday.The judgment pronounced by Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mohan P Tiwari, convicted Mr. Mahindra, then production assistant S.I. Quereshi, then produ