WORLD : Bhopal Victims Protest Settlement

<i> From Times wire services </i>

tims of the Bhopal gas disaster rampaged through Union Carbide Corp. offices today, and a human chain surrounded the building screaming: “Killer Carbide, quit India!”

Hundreds of other protesting victims squatted outside the Supreme Court, which today began hearing a petition challenging the government’s right to settle on compensation for all victims of the world’s worst industrial accident.

Protesters want the Supreme Court to scrap a $470-million settlement agreed to by the government Feb. 14 as “full and final” compensation for all sufferers from the disaster. About 570,000 people say they are entitled to compensation for the Dec. 3, 1984, gas leak at a Union Carbide pesticide plant that killed at least 3,400 people and injured 20,000.