Indrajit Singh, Mumbai: 10 babies were burnt to death in a massive fire at a hospital in Bhandara, Maharashtra on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday.
The Maharashtra government had ordered an inquiry into the incident during the night itself. State Health Minister Rajesh Tope said that strict action will be taken against the culprits after an inquiry into the tragic incident. Along with this, the state government will also provide compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the families of each children.
The age of all the dead newborns is reported to be between 1 and 3 years. The children had died due to suffocation, while 7 children have been rescued. Since this incident, there has been chaos in the children’s family. The reason for the fire is being stated to be a short circuit.
According to the information received, when the nurse opened the door of the children’s ICU at half past one in the night, nothing was visible. After this, the nurse informed the staff and started a rescue operation from the people around. Shortly thereafter, fire brigade soldiers also came and started rescue operation with the help of people, saving the lives of 7 children.
Yesterday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray visited Bhandara district and inaugurated a large government project. Today such a big accident happened in a hospital in the same Bhandara district.
CM Uddhav Thackeray orders inquiry
Meanwhile, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray expressed grief over the deaths of newborns and ordered an inquiry. The Chief Minister’s Office said in a statement that Thackeray also spoke to Health Minister Rajesh Tope who soon came to know about the incident at the child care unit in the hospital.
“The Chief Minister has ordered an inquiry into the entire incident. He spoke to the District Collector and Superintendent of Police and asked them to investigate the fire,” the statement said.