Manoj Ranjan Nayak, the chairman of Sikshya O Anusandhan Charitable Trust that runs the Sum Hospital where 21 people died in a fire , was on Thursday arrested after he surrendered before police in Bhubaneshwar.
With the arrest of Nayak, the number of those held in connection with the fire tragedy now stands at five.
“Manoj Nayak surrenders at Khandagiri Police Station. He is arrested and under interrogation,” commissioner of police, YB Khurania told reporters.
Sources said Nayak surrendered at the Khandagiri Police Station at about 3.30 am. He was taken to an undisclosed destination where the police officers were interrogating him.
The state government had lodged two FIRs against the hospital management, citing negligence in terms of fire safety and evacuation of patients during the mishap that occurred on Monday evening.
Police have arrested four other people so far in connection with the fire tragedy. Medical superintendent Pusparaj Samantasinghar, former executive engineer Amulya Kumar Sahu (electrical maintenance), fire safety officer Santosh Das and retired junior engineer Malay Kumar Sahu (electrical maintenance) were arrested on Tuesday.
Chief minister Naveen Patnaik had also assured the state that all the guilty persons would be taken to task.
Two days ago, the police had arrested four senior officials including the medical superintendent of Sum Hospital Pushparaj Samantasinghar. They were booked under section 304. 308, 285 and 34 of IPC.
The four officials were arrested on the basis of an FIR lodged by the state government’s fire service department. A case was registered against the authorities of Sum Hospital which has been accused of overlooking a 2013 advisory of state government to improve its firefighting mechanism. The hospital does not possess a fire safety certificate.
(With agency inputs)