Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 20:
Khandagiri police arrested SUM Hospital owner Manoj Nayak this morning after he surrendered before it in connection with the fire mishap at the hospital which claimed 21 lives.
Nayak was interrogated at an undisclosed location after his arrest, sources said.
“Manoj Nayak surrendered before Khandagiri police at about 3.30 AM. He will be forwarded to court after interrogation. We would take him on remand for further questioning. Police will also grill Nayak’s wife and she would be arrested if found guilty,” said DGP KB Singh.
The three trustees of the hospital would be interrogated regarding financial transactions, he said. Both Nayak and his wife are trustees of Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan Charitable Trust which runs Institute of Medical Sciences (IMS) and Sum Hospital, a constituent institute of Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan University (SOA University).
The Twin City Commissionerate Police had yesterday issued lookout circulars against Manoj Nayak and his wife Saswati Das in connection with the fire tragedy.
Police had reportedly conducted raids at Nayak’s residence and several places connected with his business and is said to have seized several incriminating documents.
It may be recalled here that 19 patients undergoing treatment at the SUM Hospital had died due to asphyxiation owing to the massive fire on Monday that originated from the dialysis ward on the first floor and spread to the ICU on the same floor. In the incident, over 100 others sustained injuries and were shifted to various government and private hospitals. With three more relocated patients succumbing, the death toll due to the mishap has risen to 21.
The Commissionerate police had arrested four officials of Sum Hospital– Medical Superintendent Puspa Raj Samantasinghar, Amulya Sahu, Electrical Maintenance Engineer, Fire Safety Officer Santosh Das and Junior Engineer (Electrical Maintenance) Malaya Kumar Sahu– on the basis of the FIR lodged by the Directorate of Fire Services.