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Shelter home deaths: Inquiry report nails suspended social security officer

Three days after food poisoning at state-run shelter Sukhjit Ashram here killed two mentally challenged teenagers, an inquiry report submitted by sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Mandeep Kaur has blamed suspended district social security officer (DSSO) Gulbarg Lal for negligence.

punjab Updated: Aug 05, 2016 21:02 IST
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The inquiry report revealed that the staff was not maintaining the stock and attendance registers. (HT Photo)

Three days after food poisoning at state-run shelter Sukhjit Ashram here killed two mentally challenged teenagers, an inquiry report submitted by sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Mandeep Kaur has blamed suspended district social security officer (DSSO) Gulbarg Lal for negligence.

In her 11-page report submitted to deputy commissioner Jaskiran Singh on Friday, the SDM raised questions over the functioning of the staff at the shelter home and recommended its replacement.

The government suspended the DSSO and started a departmental inquiry against attendant-cum-cook Veena Rani on Wednesday after two deaths.

The inquiry report revealed that the staff was not maintaining the stock and attendance registers. Food items were being bought from local shops for the shelter home instead of Markfed stores and the quality of food was not being maintained, revealed the report.

The SDM also recommended formation of a monitoring committee having local non-governmental organisations for the shelter home. Besides, ban on serving cooked food from outside, appointment of a full-time doctor, CCTV cameras on premises, weekly inspection, appointment of new staff and maintaining visitors’ register.

The DC said the report would be sent to chief secretary Sarvesh Kaushal with recommendations on Monday.

The report had no mention of unidentified people who donated the food at the shelter home on Sunday evening. The SDM also didn’t recommend lodging of a first information report against the DSSO and staff.

Bacteria found in food

The autopsy of two teenagers Chhotu and Jyoti Rani revealed that they consumed infected food. Civil surgeon Dr HS Kahlon said “staphylococcus aureus” bacteria were found in the food consumed by the shelter home inmates on Sunday. The condition of 31 inmates admitted to the civil hospital is stable now, he added.