Seven are sentenced over the Bhopal gas disaster

A COURT yesterday convicted seven Indian former employees of US chemical firm Union Carbide of negligence and sentenced them to two years in jail for the world’s worst industrial accident that killed thousands in 1984.

Hundreds of protesters, many waving placards saying “hang the guilty” tried to force their way inside the court complex as a judgment for which activists have campaigned for a quarter-century was delivered.

The government says around 3,500 people died after a Union Carbide plant in the central city of Bhopal accidentally released toxic gases into the air towards nearby slums.

Activists say 25,000 died in the immediate aftermath and the years that followed.