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Mob could have murdered Anderson: Congress

Warren Anderson could have been murdered by mobs after Bhopal gas leak, says a Cong document.



New Delhi: Union Carbide chief Warren
Anderson could have been murdered by an angry mob in the
surcharged atmosphere in Bhopal after the 1984 gas leak, says
an internal document prepared to counter the opposition
campaign that Congress governments in Madhya Pradesh and the
Centre had helped him leave the country.

"The atmosphere close to the disaster in December 1984 in
Bhopal was charged and violent because of so many deaths. In
such an atmosphere, if Anderson would have remained in Bhopal,
he would have been murdered by the mob and serious law and
order problem would have arisen," said the document prepared
by an AICC office-bearer.

"It was necessary in such a grave situation that Anderson
leaves Bhopal, which was an administrative unavoidable
compulsion to prevent further aggravation of the situation,"
it said.

Maintaining that the FIR against Anderson was registered
under section 304 A (causing death due to rash or negligent
act), a bailable offence, the party said he was "rightly"
given bail.

"There was no condition that he will not leave India nor
any such condition could have been imposed as it was a
bailable section, as per section 436 CrPC, as such his
movement were not restricted whether within India or outside
India," said thee document prepapred by K C Mittal, Secretary,
Legal Aid and Human Rights Department of the AICC.

Arguing that it was the duty of the state to protect the
life of every citizen including a criminal, the document
referred to the Government incurring expenses on providing
legal aid to Mumbai attack accused Ajmal Kasab.

"How much money, the state has spent to save and protect
Kasab, even though in the public eyes, he has killed so many
people," it said.

The party said since Anderson had given an undertaking to
appear in the court as and when required, he was bound to
present himself in the court, whether in India or abroad.

"As far as bringing back Anderson is concerned, it was
the responsibility of the court and CBI to take steps as per
law....as regarding the charge under section 304 part II,
since the Supreme Court judgement is final, the only available
course with CBI was to file a supplementary chargesheet after
further investigation, which they have not done," Mittal said.

He said that the presence of Anderson could still be
secured by enforcement of law.

PTI

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