AP Covid-19 care centre fire mishap: 3 Ramesh Hospital employees remanded to judicial custody

South India

Three officials of the Ramesh Hospitals arrested in connection with the death of 10 Covid-19 patients in a fire mishap at a Covid care centre at Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh were on Tuesday, August 11, remanded to judicial custody.

The police shifted all the three - Dr Kodali Rajagopala Rao, chief operating officer, Dr Kurapathi Sudarsan, general manager and Pallabothu Venkatesh, coordinating manager for the Covid care centre-to Machilipatanam special sub-jail.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the accident took place at the makeshift Covid care centre set up by the hospital in Swarna Palace Hotel due to negligence of the management. At least 10 COVID-19 patients were killed and several others sustained injuries in the fire. The facility was used as COVID-9 treatment care centre.

On Monday, three special teams comprising officers and police conducted inspections on Ramesh hospitals, including Swarna Palace. According to assistant commissioner of police Suryachandra Rao said that the hospital was admitting more number of patients in violation of the norms and even charging them heavily.

Among three special teams, one team is carrying out inspection at Hotel Swarna Heights and Swarna Palace attached to Ramesh Hospitals and finding out about the treatment  provided while another team is inquiring about the reasons for the short-circuit and the third team is finding out compliance with fire safety norms.

The police also carried out searches at the residence of Swarna Palace owner M. Srinivas and reportedly seized documents pertaining to the agreement with Ramesh Hospitals on setting up Covid care centres.

Meanwhile, a team of officials led by Krishna district joint collector Siva Sankar inspected Swarna Palace. The JC said that after taking up a thorough inquiry, they would submit a report to the District Collector

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