Odisha fire tragedy: Four hospital officials arrested

Odisha fire tragedy: Four hospital officials arrested

Four officials including the medical supridentant of Bhubaneswar’s SUM hospital have been arrested on Tuesday evening, a day after at least 22 patients were killed and more than 100 were injured in the tragedy.

The Commissionerate Police also arrested ex-Executive Engineer Amulya Kumar Sahu (electrical maintenance), Fire Safety Officer Santosh Das and retired Junior Engineer Malay Kumar Sahu (electrical maintenance).

A patient is seen being lowered to the street below as rescuers evacuate the intensive care unit at SUM hospital in Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India, on Monday after a fire broke out.

The FIR lodged by Fire Service alleged negligence on the part of hospital authorities and claimed that fire safety norms were violated.

The Director of Medical Education and Training (DMET), Orissa, accused the Sum Hospital authorities of “wilful negligence, poor patient management and poor evacuation of patients”.

NEW DELHI (AP) – A fire broke out late Monday at a private hospital in a city in eastern India, killing at least 23 people, India’s federal health minister said.

Director General (Fire Services) Binay Behera, who visited the hospital, said a report about the incident would be submitted to the government very soon.

The four were booked under Sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 285 (negligent conduct with respect to fire and combustible materials) and 34 (common intent) of the IPC, Khurania said.

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has written to Dr. S.C. Jamir, the Governor of Odisha condoling the loss of lives due to a massive fire at the Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospital in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

Suspended were one fire officer, two engineers and one hospital manager, SOU vice-chancellor Amit Banerjee told reporters.

The blaze was suspected to have been triggered by an electric short circuit in the dialysis ward on the first floor which spread to the nearby ICU.

In addition, a probe by the revenue divisional commissioner (RDC) has also been ordered, an official said.

Rejecting allegation that the high casualty was due to wrong evacuation process, Banerjee said, “We have followed the best of the evacuation protocol”.

DMET Prof P C Mohapatra, who has been leading an inquiry team, this afternoon visited the hospital and spoke to different people, including the staff, said the guilty would definitely be punished.

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