Majority of bodies of fire victims handed over

Civic authorities handed over majority of the bodies of the 90 people killed to their relatives.

Last Updated: Dec 10, 2011, 11:01 AM IST

Kolkata: Civic authorities on Saturday sealed two
blocks of the fire-ravaged private AMRI Hospital here even as
authorities handed over majority of the bodies of the 90
people killed to their relatives.

The postmortem of 87 of the total 90 who were choked to
death due to the fire on Fiday was completed last night and
the autopsy of the rest three would be done during the day,
police said.

The police, however, did not give the number of bodies
handed over to their families.

Family members of 65 year-old Bangladesh resident
Gouranga Mondal, who was among the victims, have reached the
morgue to receive his body.Mondal`s body would be flown to his
country, the police said.

The body of a resident of Tripura would also be handed
over to his family .

Meanwhile, two blocks of the fire-ravaged private
hospital was sealed this morning by city civic authorities.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has already cancelled the
licence of the hospital on the charge of gross negligence
and lapse.

A few patients are, however, still inside the old block
of the hospital which was unaffected in the blaze. Their
worried relatives waited outside as there were no doctors or
nursing staff to provide any treatment or attend to them.

The number of patients in the old block was not
provided by the police or the hospital authorities.

All the seven directors of the hospital had surrendered
to the police on Friday and were later arrested for culpable
homicide and negligence. They would be produced before the
court during the day.

90 people, most of them patients in sleep, were on Friday
choked to death in the fire suspected to have been caused by
inflammable material stored in the basement of a
multi-speciality private hospital.