The Navrangpura Police on Wednesday arrested the trustee of Shrey Hospital, Bharat Mahant in connection with the fire incident on August 6. Earlier, immediately after the incident, Mahant was questioned until late night but was let go.
Later, the government ordered that Mahant be booked in the case after a two-member team formed by the Gujarat government submitted its report. Mahant was detained on Tuesday and was taken for a COVID-19 test. He was arrested after he tested negative for the disease.
Reports said the team among other things pointed out to gross irresponsibility on the part of the hospital management. Sources in the know said Mahant will be arrested after his COVID-19 results arrive.
Mahant, 57, a resident of Sector -8 in Gandhinagar originally belongs to Junagadh.
What happened on August 6 at Shrey Hospital
A fire in the ICU of Shrey Hospital on August 6 early morning ended up killing eight COVID-19 patients under treatment. 41 other patients were rescued and moved to the SVP Hospital.
The state government also ordered a judicial inquiry headed by a retired judge of the Gujarat High Court KA Punj. The inquiry is to be finished and a report submitted in three months.
It is alleged that the hospital did not have a fire safety system in place. It was also functioning with an expired fire NOC. All that it had for fire safety were a few extinguishers all of which were stored in the godown below the hospital, sources said earlier.
The two-member team in its report also said that all the windows in the ICU were bolted which prevented the smoke from escaping thus aggravating the situation. It also said there were no fire alarms which could have quickly alerted the staff about the fire.
Apart from the eight dead, a doctor on duty- Dr Mitwa Patel and caretaker Gaurang Chauhan also suffered severe burn injuries while trying to rescue the patients.