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Friday 9 December 2011


Fire in Kolkata's AMRI hospital: Government takes action, orders to cancel hospital licence

KOLKATA: The West Bengal government has cancelled the licence of AMRI Hospital and brought criminal charges against the hospital authorities after massive fire which broke out in the early hours at the basement of the hospital where chemicals and medical waste were stocked.

According to city police chief RK Pachnanda, death toll in Kolkata hospital fire has risen to 60.

Kolkata police have initiated a case under section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of IPC, against the AMRI Hospital authority.

Fire service minister Javed Khan said that 80 per cent of the patients have been removed to other facilities.
The fire department had lodged an FIR against AMRI hospital authorities.

The fire brigade in its complaint had said that the hospital authority did not have the adequate fire-preventive mechanism and emergency evacuation system in place. On the basis of a first information report (FIR) lodged by the fire brigade, police had started a criminal case against the hospital management.

When West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee came to the site, she said "They will be arrested. We will take strict action against the hospital."

According to an eye witness, patients inside the hospital were caught completely unawares and said the hospital staff were too late in waking up to the danger. They also said when the patients shouted, hospital authorities gave them false assurances and asked them not to worry.

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