Probe panel holds Kolkata hospital guilty for 2011 fire

This report concurs with the findings of the Kolkata Police, which brought charges against directors and executives of the hospital and booked 12 directors and four employees.

kolkata Updated: Jul 25, 2018 23:04 IST
Kolkata hospital,AMRI hospital,Dhakuria
The AMRI Dhakuria unit witnessed the worst hospital disaster in the country when more than 90 patients were chocked to death during a fire in December 2011. (HT File Photo)

The one-man inquiry commission constituted by the Mamata Banerjee government after 92 people died in a fire at AMRI hospital’s Dhakuria unit in south Kolkata in 2011 has held the hospital authorities guilty of “gross negligence”.

The commission’s 214-page report became public after it was placed before the West Bengal assembly on Wednesday. As many as 100 witnesses deposed before the commission.

“The members of the board of directors are responsible for fl- outing fire safety rules paving the way for the tragic incident… legal action under section 304 part II/ 308 IPC read with section 36 IPC and section 11 (J) of West Bengal Fire Services Act may be taken against them,” said the report of Justice Tapan Mukherjee Commission of Inquiry constituted in 2012. The commission started probe in 2013.

This report concurs with the findings of the Kolkata Police, which brought charges against directors and executives of the hospital and booked 12 directors and four employees.

A spokesperson for the Emami group, which runs the hospital, refused to comment.

First Published: Jul 25, 2018 23:04 IST