India wants Bhopal compensation doubled

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    India is seeking to more than double to $1.1bn (£700m) the compensation paid by a US chemical company for the 1984 Bhopal gas disaster.

    The Supreme Court confirmed that the attorney general's office had filed a case to increase the $470m settlement reached in 1989.

    The petition coincides with the 26th anniversary of the disaster.

    Thousands of people died after the leak from US company Union Carbide's plant in Bhopal.

    In June, an Indian court finally convicted seven former managers at the plant, handing down minor fines and brief prison sentences.

    But many victims and campaigners have felt justice has still not been served against Union Carbide, which is now owned by Dow Chemicals.

    The Indian government says some 3,500 people died within days of the gas leak and more than 15,000 in the years since.

    Campaigners put the death toll as high as 25,000 and say the effects of the gas continue to this day

    Campaigners put the death toll as high as 25,000 and say the horrific effects of the gas continue to this day.

    The Indian government petition states: "The Supreme Court determined the $470m settlement on 14th/15th February 1989.

    "The settlement is based on certain assumptions of truth and if these assumptions of truth are unrelated to the realities, then elements of the settlement's justness would be seriously impaired."

    Correspondents say this is being viewed as a serious attempt by the government to redress the settlement, although it is not clear how long the petition will take to be ruled upon.

    * Initial deaths (3-6 December): more than 3,000 - official toll
    * Unofficial initial toll: 7,000-8,000
    * Total deaths to date: over 15,000
    * Number affected: Nearly 600,000
    * Compensation: Union Carbide pays $470m in 1989

    Source: Indian Supreme Court, Madhya Pradesh government, Indian Council of Medical Research

    A lawyer from the attorney general's office on Friday told AFP news agency on condition of anonymity: "This time we are seeking maximum compensation for the victims of the gas disaster."

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