September 17, 2020 5:26:59 am
More than a month after a fire within the Intensive Critical Care Unit of Shrey Hospital killed eight sufferers, over 500 residents and social activists have now appealed for a CBI probe within the matter. The enchantment comes weeks after households of the victims had despatched representations to the state authorities and police division for a speedy, neutral probe.
The signatories that embody civil society members corresponding to Teesta Setalvad, Manjula Pradeep, Prasad Chacko, amongst a number of others, have acknowledged of their enchantment at giant that “For a fire of this nature, which took the lives of 8 helpless patients, which is likely to have occurred due to wilful negligence of fire safety rules and procedures, the charges should have been far more stringent. We feel that section 304 of the CrPC should have been invoked, and the failure of the police not to have done so raises serious questions regarding their intent to do a free and fair investigation…there seems to be a conspiracy to get the hospital management off the hook. In these circumstances we join and support the families of the victims in their demand for a transfer of the investigation of this case to the CBI.”
The households of the victims have additionally alleged that three of the 4 CCTV cameras weren’t functioning, and the view of the fourth one was blocked by an opaque curtain. The signatories identified that inadequacies in fire security mechanisms and failure of preliminary commonplace rescue procedures “make the highest level of the hospital management criminally culpable.”
It has additionally been emphasised that although the trustee-administrator of the hospital (Bharat Mahant) was rightly arrested initially, he was subsequently enlarged on bail, and as a substitute two Class-4 staff, who have been on obligation within the ICU when the fire broke out, have been arrested.
“This certainly seems to be an effort of the hospital management to shift the blame from themselves on to the lowest level staff,” the signatories highlighted.
The FIR registered within the case charged the accused with offences underneath IPC sections 304A (inflicting demise by negligence not amounting to homicide), 336 (rash and negligent act endangering human life), 337 (inflicting damage to any individual by negligent or rash act as to hazard human life) and 338 (inflicting grievous damage by act endangering human life).
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