Judicial inquiry ordered into AMRI fire

Last Updated: Sunday, December 11, 2011 - 00:31

Kolkata: A judicial inquiry was on Saturday night
ordered by West Bengal government into the fire at the
AMRI Hospital even as a forensic investigations into the
incident failed to take off due to water-logging in the
hospital.

"The state government has decided to order a judicial
inquiry into the hospital fire," Chief Minister Mamata
Banerjee told reporters here.

"Since people have faith in the judicial system and a
tragedy of huge dimension has occurred, we have taken this
decision. We have nothing to hide," Banerjee told reporters.

She said the police investigation would continue
simultaneously.
Commissioner of Kolkata Police R K Pachnanda told PTI
that one more patient from AMRI died during the day, taking
the toll to 91.

Police sources said the identity of the body was yet
to be established.

A state Forensic Research Laboratory team will visit
the hospital basement, where the fire was believed to have
orginated, tomorrow.
It was unable to begin investigations today because of
water-logging there caused by yesterday`s fire-fighting
operations, the police said adding the probe will start once
the water is drained out.

Slapped with charges of culpable homicide and negligence,
six directors of the super-speciality hospital were today
remanded to 10-days police custody by the Chief Judicial
Magistrate of the Alipur court, S M Shahnawaz.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, December 11, 2011 - 00:31

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