HC asks for probe reports on United Hospital fire by June 14

Staff Correspondent

3 June, 2020 12:00 AM printer

The High Court has asked for probe reports on the recent fire incident at United Hospital that left five patients dead.

Authorities of United Hospital, Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (RAJUK), Fire Service & Civil Defence and police will have to submit reports by June 14.

Earlier, lawyers Niaz Mohammad Mahbub and Shahida Sultana Sila filed a writ petition seeking an inquiry into the fire incident and compensation of Tk 5 crore each to the families of five victims.

A virtual bench of the High Court comprising Justice M Enayetur Rahim passed the order following the writ petition on Tuesday.

The petitioners wanted RAJUK chairman to examine whether the Bangladesh National Building Code or BNBC was followed in building the corona isolation centre by the United Hospital.

The health secretary, director-general of health, chairman of Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council or BMDC, inspector general of police, commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, director general of Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence, chairman of RAJUK and United Hospital’s managing director have been made respondents to the writ.

Five patients were roasted alive in a fire incident in corona isolation centre of the renowned hospital for delay in dousing the flame.

The victims were identified as Md Mahbub, 50, Md Monir Hossain, 75, Vernon Anthony Paul, 74, Khodaja Begum, 70, and Riaz Ul Alam, 45.

The next day, the Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence and police formed separate probe bodies to investigate the incident.

Dhaka North City Corporation mayor Atiqul Islam, Fire Service and Civil Defence chief and police officials concerned visited the spot and found fixity of United Hospital management in informing the fire service. They also blamed the hospital for using expired fire extinguishers which did not work to build a primary defence against the fire.

Also, United Hospital authorities have allegedly charged high amount of bills to the relatives of the five victims.