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December 09, 1991|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Union Carbide Ex-Chairman Ordered to Face Trial in India: An Indian court ordered former Union Carbide Corp. Chairman Warren Anderson to face trial in the 1984 Bhopal gas disaster. Bhopal Chief Magistrate Gopal Sharma issued an order saying Anderson "committed an offense of culpable homicide, not amounting to murder, voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means . . . and the commission of such offenses with criminal intention or knowledge." More than 3,800 people have died in the central Indian city since Dec. 3, 1984, when deadly methyl isocyanate escaped from a pesticides factory owned by Danbury, Conn.-based Union Carbide's Indian subsidiary. Tens of thousands more people were injured, making it the world's worst industrial disaster. India's Supreme Court paved the way for the criminal suit in October. It upheld a settlement giving $470 million to victims but overturned an earlier agreement making the company and its executives immune from criminal prosecution.

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