Dec. 3, 1984, an unforgettable date for the people of Bhopal. The capital city turned to graveyard. Even after 29 years of tragedy, sparks seems to alive in the heart of localites.
Large amounts of water entered a tank at the Union Carbide factory in Bhopal, India. That water reacted with the 42 tons of methyl isocyanate inside, raising temperature and pressure so high that it began venting massive amounts of gas made up of methyl isocyanate, phosgene, hydrogen cyanide and more. The poisonous cloud swept through neighborhoods near the boundary wall, waking sleeping residents with burning throats and eyes, killing about 4,000 people in the first few hours.
Death toll raised from thousand to lakhs and few which saved their life by the mercy of God were prone to different paralysis.
Today, settlements near this haunted union carbide factory is a part of Old Bhopal.
I still remembered few facts shared by an auto-rickshaw driver which are as follows:-
Fact 1: People who continue to sleep on land till morning were able to continue to live till date. Because poisonous gas slightly lighter and was moving a meter above the ground level and thereby took away the life of people sleeping on bed.
Fact 2: Women with a child ran to save life of both but after running away few miles, she realized that baby is missing and died with a mixture of poisonous gas and sorrow of losing her baby.
Fact 3: Mr. Warren Anderson, chairman of Union Carbide Corporation of the US, declared as absconder & didn’t face trial and enjoying their piece of bread in a cool and calm environment. However, 8 people were convicted in 2010 by Bhopal court. But non-conviction of Mr. Anderson is a justice forgone which could still be seen in the eyes auto rickshaw driver, witnessed the gas tragedy.
Finally, Indian government could not provide justice to the people of Bhopal, neither in terms of rehabilitation nor money.