Shrey Hospital fire: Victim families allege loopholes, demand independent probe

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad |

September 20, 2020 2:17:29 am

Members from the sufferer families deal with media individuals outdoors the Shrey Hospital. (Express picture)

Victim families of the Shrey Hospital hearth on August 6 – through which eight Covid-19 sufferers had died – have demanded that these accountable for the incident be charged below IPC part 302 (Murder) and/ or part 304 (Culpable murder not amounting to homicide) and if required, the investigation be moved to an independent company

Eight sufferers had misplaced their lives after the ICU they have been admitted in was charred as a consequence of a suspected quick circuit. Addressing mediapersons on Saturday, members from the sufferer families highlighted the differential remedy being meted out to them vis-a-vis the course of investigation and motion that was taken within the aftermath of the Takshashila hearth incident in Surat.

“We saw immediate action being taken after children had died in the Takshashila fire in Surat. Officials were sent to jail, arrests were made, bail has been repeatedly rejected for some and they continue to be in jail. Why isn’t there any action being taken in our case?” questioned Kishore Sindhi, relative of 55-year previous Jyoti Sindhi who had died within the Shrey Hospital hearth.

The sufferer families proceed to demand an independent probe, ideally by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), as not a single accused has been taken into custody but. One of the sufferer members of the family identified that loopholes proceed to persist within the circumstances below which the deaths occurred. “No hospital personnel had a single scratch, nor did their mobile phones. How is this possible? Some of the patients’ phones were stolen. How has the police been unable to recover this even a month later? There was also a phone (Jyoti Sindhi’s) which was being picked up by a hospital staffer’s mother. That is theft. How is there conveniently no footage of the incident?” chimed within the sufferer families collectively.

The Takshashila hearth that occurred on May 24, 2019, had claimed 22 younger lives and an FIR was registered inside 24 hours of the incident, charging the accused below IPC sections 304 (Culpable murder not amounting to homicide), 308 (Attempt to commit culpable murder) and 114 (Abetment). A complete of twenty-two accused have been arrested within the case and 5 are at present out on bail.

On the opposite hand, within the case of Shrey Hospital, the FIR got here to be registered on August 10, almost 4 days after the incident. The foremost accused, hospital trustee Bharat Mahant, was granted common bail inside 24 hours after his arrest. The sufferer families have made representations to the chief minister’s workplace in addition to the house division and police officers, in search of an independent and thorough probe.

Meanwhile, as sufferer families addressed mediapersons outdoors the now-closed hospital on Saturday, Intelligence Bureau officers and police personnel have been seen deployed on the web site, with the previous noting down names and different particulars of the sufferer families’ members.

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