Doctor among three booked in incubator tragedy

Two years after the death of six infants in incubator fire at a government hospital here, an FIR has been lodged against a doctor, a nurse and an attendant in connection with the tragedy.

Last Updated: Feb 20, 2011, 23:12 PM IST

Patiala: Two years after the death of six
infants in incubator fire at a government hospital here, an
FIR has been lodged against a doctor, a nurse and an attendant
in connection with the tragedy.

Dr K K Lochan, Head of the Paediatrics Department of
Rajindra Hospital, staff nurse Reeta and attendant Satya Devi
have been booked under Section 304 A (causing death by
negligence) of the IPC, police said.

A fire had occurred in the incubators at the hospital in
January, 2009 in which six newborns had charred to death.

Registration of the case against the trio comes several
months after the submission of an inquiry report by a SP level
officer.

While initially the government had ordered a judicial
probe into the episode after the Medical Education Minister
had resigned over the issue, the Home Department later ordered
a criminal probe by the Police Department.

The minister concerned, Tikshan Sud had later withdrawn
his resignation.

The criminal inquiry into the whole incident that
resulted in the death of six infants on January 31, 2009,
Inquiry conducted by a SP rank officer had submitted the
findings to Patiala SSP Gurpreet Singh Gill almost a couple of
months back.

Earlier, the government had already received a report
submitted by former Punjab and Haryana High Court Judge KC
Gupta, who was appointed as a one-man inquiry committee by the
Punjab CM.

In his report, K C Gupta had recommended chargesheet
against four government employees, including two doctors and
one grade four employee that included Government Medical
College and Rajindra Hospital Principal Jaswinder Pal Kaur
Shergill and Dr Lochan.

PTI