CID team visits Bengal hospital

Kolkata: A CID team of West Bengal Police on Sunday visited a state-run medical college and hospital in Murshidabad where two women were killed and seven patients injured after a fire.

Led by Deputy Inspector General B.L. Meena, the CID team went to the Murshidabad Medical College and Hospital in Baharampur, particularly the VIP cabin of the male ward where the fire reportedly broke out on Saturday morning. 

Hours after the tragedy, the government ordered the CID to look into the possibility of sabotage.

"We have to see how it happened, whether there was any sabotage. We have come to see things first hand," said Meena.

He said a forensic team would also visit the hospital. "We will then review all the findings."

Meanwhile, the chairperson of the West Bengal Medical Services Corp, Chandrima Bhattacharya, who reached the hospital on Saturday night, termed the incident as a "conspiracy to malign" the state government.

"(Chief Minister) Mamata Banerjee is doing very good work. A lot of things are being done in the health sector. So to malign her, there was a conspiracy. The fire is the result of this," said Bhattacharya.

She said it was untrue to say that the hospital did not have a fire fighting mechanism. 

"But somebody seems to have conspired to make it inoperative. This is our preliminary assessment. Now the CID will look into this aspect."

The government has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh for the victims' families.

Horrific video footage of an ailing newborn sustaining serious injuries on being thrown away by a relative in a desperate bid to save the baby's life went viral.

Unofficial reports have claimed that a child was also killed during the stampede. But the government has maintained the death was not connected to the fire.

Saturday's tragedy comes exactly a week after a fire broke out in the operation theatre of a Katwa sub-divisional hospital in Burdwan district.