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New Delhi: Manoj Nayak, the Chairman of the Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospital where 20 patients were killed after a deadly fire mishap surrendered before police in Bhubaneswar, Odisha on Thursday.

The commissionerate police on Wednesday issued a look out notice against Nayak for negligence and blatant violation of fire safety norms in the hospital premises.

According to the Director, Medical Education and Training (DMET), only three corporate hospitals out of the 568 fully operational private hospitals and nursing homes in the state have fire safety certificates.

The name of SUM hospital which has no fire safety certificate did not figure in the list at all.

The SUM Hospitals neither had a 25,000 litre water tank nor a functional sprinkler system that could have been used to fight a fire on the premises. It further said that there was no provision for an external fire escape staircase thereby hindering evacuation.

So far, four persons have been arrested in connection with the fire tragedy.

First Published | 20 October 2016 8:16 AM
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