Two eminent doctors attached with Kolkata’s AMRI Hospital in different capacities were arrested in connection with the country’s worst-ever hospital fire that claimed 93 lives on December 9.
The doctors — Mani Chhetri and Pranab Dasgupta — were earlier questioned by police and were arrested from their residences here on Friday morning, Joint Commissioner of Police Damayanti Sen said.
Chhetri and Dasgupta were also board members of the hospital. With them, 13 persons have so far been arrested in connection with the hospital fire in which 90 patients and three nurses died. Three board members are absconding.
Officials say the hospital flouted safety regulations. Those already charged include the co-founders of the hospital SK Todi and RS Goenka. The police said the hospital’s license was registered in the name of Dr Chettri, one of the leading doctors of Calcutta.
The fire began in the basement and spread through the six-storey hospital. Most of the dead were patients. Police say there was a delay on the part of the hospital to inform fire services about the blaze. The government has ordered a judicial inquiry into the incident and cancelled the licence of the hospital.