Mumbai police on Saturday booked the owners of Dreams Mall in Bandup and the management of Sunrise Hospital on a charge of culpable homicide a day after the killing of nine Covid-19 patients, most of them elderly.
Those booked includes the Mall directors, Rakesh Wadhwan, Nikita Amitsingh Trehan, Sarang Wadhwan, Deepak Shirke, and directors of Private Healthcare Services Private Limited, owner of the hospital, Amitsingh Trehan, Nikita Amitsingh Trehan, Sweetie Jain.
The deputy police commissioner Chaitanya Siriprou said that they have been booked under section 304 (non-murder and non-murder) and 34 (same purpose) of the Indian Penal Code.
The fire started on the first floor of the mall on Thursday night around 11.45pm and quickly spread to the third floor, which housed the hospital. The fire system, including sprinklers, was not working.
The patients died of congestion, police said. Six of the victims were breathing.
A notice of non-compliance with fire safety regulations was issued at a shopping mall in November 2020, an official said.
The deputy commissioner of police Prashant Kadam, who is in charge of the investigation said that It is not a case of negligence. There have been major failures in terms of compliance with safety. The only downside was that the mall did not have a fire permit. They also violated the terms and conditions when BMC gave them part of the NOC (no certificate of opposition). That is why we have reported the owners of the mall, the hospital management and the manager, on charges of culpable homicide and are continuing to investigate the case.
The hospital was operating on a temporary basis because it would expire on March 31.
There were 78 patients admitted to the hospital during the time when the incident took place.
A police officer said that the hospital received permission to use the nursing home on October 1, 2020. Since January 2021, the facility has been operating as a Covid facility. The hospital belongs to Nikita Trehan and another George Putting Shery is the hospital’s chief executive officer.
Rakesh Wadhawan and his son Sarang are in jail in connection with the un 6,670 crore fraud Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative Bank.
Earlier, Sunrise Hospital officials responded with commitment and called for an investigation into the spread of the fire.
“No one was killed in the blaze. All patients were transferred to Jumbo Covid (and some were transferred to other private hospitals). Patients were changed alive, but there were fewer patients in the ventilators and they were more critical. We believe the injuries were not caused by fire, but because they were on the road or in other hospitals. The hospital said in a statement that it was established under normal circumstances at Covid during last year, and was operating in accordance with all applicable regulations.