Ahmednagar fire incident: Maharashtra govt announces Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia

Ahmednagar fire incident: Maharashtra govt announces Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Saturday announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each for the kin of those who were killed in the fire mishap at Ahmednagar Civil hospital.

Mumbai: Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Saturday announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each for the kin of those who were killed in the fire mishap at Ahmednagar Civil hospital.

“Rs 5 lakh each has been announced to the kin of the deceased. Deputy Commissioner (DC) has ordered an enquiry into the incident and has directed to submit the report in a week’s time,” Tope said. 

Earlier in the day, Ahmednagar District Collector Rajendra Bhosale said a total of 10 people died in the fire incident at Ahmednagar Civil hospital.

There were 17 patients admitted in COVID-19 ICU centre of Ahmednagar civil hospital when the fire broke out around 10.30 a.m. in the building due to a short circuit, said the official.

“The process to shift these 17 patients was going on but unfortunately 10 patients have lost their lives and one is still critical,” said Bhosale.

“Fire audit of the hospital was done just after the Nashik hospital fire incident. But now based on several complaints from relatives a fire brigade officer has been asked to conduct the enquiry,” he added. 

Meanwhile, President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have expressed grief over the loss of lives in the fire incident.

“The news of the death of people due to fire at Civil Hospital in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra is extremely sad. I extend my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and wish a speedy recovery to those injured in the accident,” President Kovind said.

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Prime Minister Modi tweeted, “Anguished by the loss of lives due to a fire in a hospital in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra. Condolences to the bereaved families. May the injured recover at the earliest.”

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has ordered a probe into the fire incident, said the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO).

The chief minister also expressed condolences over the incident. Following the incident, Thackeray spoke to district Guardian Minister Hasan Mushrif and Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte and asked them to ensure that the victims should not face any problems in getting treatment.

first published:Nov. 6, 2021, 4:43 p.m.

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