India: Clouds of Uncertainty

For Bhopal and Union Carbide, the tragedy continues

The Union Carbide pesticide plant in the central Indian city of Bhopal looked as if it were being prepared for a war. All day long, giant Indian Air Force MI-8 helicopters swooped down into the area, while special Indian Army units trained in chemical warfare were airlifted to the local airport and positioned within the 72-acre compound. Around the city, more than 2,000 paramilitary troops and armed police officers were moved in to lend emergency assistance. Meanwhile, thousands of civilians were fleeing the city.


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