Bhopal: The Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Udyog Sangathan (BGPMUS) on Wednesday demanded day-to-day hearing in the 26-year-old gas tragedy case as the victims have been denied justice for long on account of the usual proceedings.

Abdul Jabbar, BGPMUS convener, said that already too much time has been lost in the court hearings as the victims have failed to get any justice so far.

Talking about the post-disaster affects, Jabbar said that more than 20,000 people have already lost their lives but nobody has been punished so far. “While around five lakh who suffered the trauma are still waiting for the day when the culprits are booked" he added.

The BGPMUS convener said that most of the accused in the case are now above 70 while Union Carbide then CEO Warren Anderson is nearly 90. "Under such circumstances, there was simply no point in carrying with the usual hearings which is stretching longer" he said.

Jabbar also alleged that attempts were being made by the Carbide to dilute the manner of the proceedings in the Supreme Court.

Criticising Harish Salve's opposition to the CBI plea,Jabbar said that it is high time that the accused are not allowed to track down the loop holes and are awarded sentences they deserve.

Emphasising on the need for serious hearings Jabbar said, that the hearings should be done carefully so that the demands of victims are fulfilled.

He recalled that in June last year a trial court sentenced the accused under Section 304 (A) and demanded that they be tried and convicted under Section 304 (2).

A trial court in Bhopal on June 7 last year convicted Union Carbide India Chairman Keshub Mahindra, Vijay Gokhale, the then Managing Director of UCIL, Kishore Kamdar, then Vice President, J N Mukund, then Works Manager, S P Choudhary, then Production Manager, K V Shetty, then Plant Superintendent and SI Quereshi, then Production Assistant and sentenced them to two years' jail term.

JPN/Bureau