An online petition by Bhopal gas tragedy survivors and groups representing their cause has garnered more than 100,000 signatures which would compel the US government to issue a formal response to the petition.
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As per an Obama administration policy, if a petition secures more than 100,000 signatures within a month of being launched, the administration will issue a formal response to it.
A gas leak from the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal during the intervening night of December 2 and 3, 1984 had killed thousands and has been dubbed the biggest industrial disaster in the world.
The Bhopal district court had 2 years ago issued 4 notices to Dow Chemicals on the gas leak. However, the US department of Justice had not served these notices. The activists accused the US department of Justice of breaching a 15 year old mutual legal assistance treaty between the US and India by refusing to serve the 4 notices issued by the Bhopal Court.