Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Nov 29:

Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC)-level probe into the SUM hospital tragedy that killed 31 persons intensified today with the deposition of witnesses before the Commissioner in Odisha’s Cuttack today.


While 61 persons were called to appear before the inquiry authority, only three deposed before it here today.

In view of the poor turnout, the Commissioner has served notices to 35 witnesses to record their statement in Bhubaneswar from Dec 1 to 3. As many as 20 of them were asked to record their statements today, sources said.

“I had asked 20 witnesses to appear today, 21 tomorrow and 20 were asked to appear yesterday. As statements could not be recorded yesterday, it has been postponed to December 6. Besides, 35 persons have been summoned to appear on December 1, 2 and 3,” RDC (Central) AB Ota said.

In the subsequent phases, statements of SUM hospital owner Manoj Ranjan Nayak, Khurda District Collector, CDMO, DMET, Fire department officials, and ADMO will be recorded.

It may be mentioned here that the state government had directed the RDC to probe into the worst-ever fire tragedy in the state that took place on October 17.

The state government had invited affidavits from witnesses in this regard. As many as 393 affidavits were received by it.