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Union Carbide's Warren Anderson died unnoticed on Sept 29: Reports


Florida, Oct 31: Warren Anderson, the former chief executive officer of the Union Carbide Corporation which came to the headlines after a deadly gas disaster killed thousands and left several more injured in Bhopal in the intervening night of December 2 and 3, 1984, died on September 29 at a nursing home in Vero Beach in Florida. He was 93. He is survived by his wife Lillian.

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Anderson's death was not announced by his family and was confirmed from public reports, said a New York Times report on Thursday. An article in Vero Beach 32963, the weekly newspaper of the Vero Beach barrier island, reported about his quiet death on October 9.

Anderson was accused after poisonous gas leakage from Union Carbide India Limited, a subsidiary of the UCC, killed thousands of common people. He came to India and was put in custody by the authorities. He paid bail soon, left India not to return again.

Anderson was declared a fugitive from justice in 1992 after he failed to appear at the court hearings in a culpable homicide case. An arrest warrant was also issued in his name in 2009 but the United States refused to extradite him citing lack of evidence. The Indian government made several requests to get hold of the man but in vain.

In 1989, Union Carbide authorities paid $470 million to the Indian government to settle the litigation but the common people refused to forgive the man.

Anderson was born to Swedish immigrants in Brooklyn in the US in November 1921.

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