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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 18:

Odisha unit of Congress today demanded a judicial probe into the fire incident at Bhubaneswar based Sum hospital that claimed 20 lives yesterday.

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Speaking to reporters today, PCC President Prasad Harichandan today demanded compensation of Rs 25 lakh each to the families of the deceased and government jobs for one of their family members.

“Odisha Government learnt nothing from the AMRI hospital fire in 2011 that killed 90 people. Apart from the hospital authorities, both the Chief Minister and the Health minister are responsible for the incident,” said Prasad.

He further questioned the regulatory lapses by the hospital authorities.

“I am surprised to see how a No Objection Certificate (NOC) was issued to a hospital of this scale without fire safety measures. This is gross negligence on parts of the State government,” he added.

Earlier in the day Communist Party of India (CPI) National Secretary D Raja also made similar demanded after visiting the under-treatment patients who were rescued following the incident yesterday.

“Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia offered by the hospital authorities is not sufficient. We demand that the amount should be revised to Rs 20 lakhs. Besides, a very high level probe should be ordered into the incident. This is a case of sheer negligence,” Raja had said.