Warren Anderson, chairman of the multi-national chemical company Union Carbide, was arrested and briefly held by Indian authorities when he arrived in Bhopal on December 7.
GVs Police and military outside Union Carbide building where chairman of company held. (4 SHOTS)
SVs Doctors dispensing medicine and help to patients. (5 SHOTS)
GVs Stretcher-beaters carry out body.
CU Patient with eye injuries.
SCU PULL BACK TO SV Baby in doctor's arms. Doctor speaking. (English SOT)
CU & SV Babies being treated. (2 SHOTS)
GV Union Carbide employee handing out compensation forms.
GV Man carrying dead child in blanket.
TRANSCRIPT: DOCTOR: (SEQ 5) "We passed on a tube into his wind-pipe and sucked the secretions out. We put them on broncho-dilators and other drugs. The child in two days' time has improved a lot and is almost fit now. But I am very sorry to report to you that he has lost both his parents and probably will now have to be put into the orphanage."
Background: Warren Anderson, chairman of the multi-national chemical company Union Carbide, was arrested and briefly held by Indian authorities when he arrived in Bhopal on December 7. He had gone to Bhopal to investigate the poison gas disaster at his company's plant - a disaster which has killed at least 2,500 people thus far. Anderson and the two leading executives of the company's Indian subsidiary were detained on charges of conspiracy, negligence and corporate liability. They were held under house arrest in a Union Carbide guest house and later released on bail. Anderson was ordered to fly back to the USA. Five days after the disaster struck, doctors were still busy treating people afflicted with the poison gas, methyl isocyanate, which causes extreme irritation to the eyes and throat and a pulmonary reaction which causes flooding of the lungs, leading to death by drowning. A local doctor was able to save some lives by passing a tube down the wind-pipe of his patients and sucking the fluid out of the lungs. State authorities were expected to file a lawsuit for damages against the U.S. conglomerate, and had formed a team of lawyers to examine the legal position. U.S. legal experts predicted that Union Carbide could face thousands of costly lawsuits for compensation.