Odisha fire

Odisha fire: Four hospital officials arrested, 100 patients shifted

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik visits the patients of SUM Hospital where a fire broke out Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik visits the patients of SUM Hospital where a fire broke out | PTI

Four officials, including the superintendent of the private hospital, where a major fire claimed 20 lives, were arrested after the Odisha government filed two FIRs alleging negligence in conduct and safety against the healthcare facility.

Those arrested are Superintendent of Sum Hospital, Pushpraj Samantsinghar, Electrical Maintenance Engineer Amulya Sahu, Fire Safety Officer Santosh Das and Junior Electrical Engineer Malay Sahu, said Commissioner of Police Y.B. Khurania.

Meanwhile, over 100 patients, mostly from the ravaged ICU and dialysis units were shifted elsewhere for treatment.

Khurania said the officials were arrested on the basis of the preliminary inquiry report of the fire officer and the FIR filed by the Fire Services Department at the Khandagiri police station where a case in this regard was registered.

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.

Meanwhile, Director General of Fire Service, Binay Behera submitted a report to the state government on the fire that ravaged parts of the private hospital last night in which 20 people died and many were injured.

Behera in his report has mentioned that fire safety norms as per the 2013 guidelines were not followed by the hospital authorities, an official said.

A senior police official said more arrests in the case cannot be ruled out at this stage.

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