Bhandara fire: NHRC issues notice to Maharashtra govt over death of newborn babie
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) issued a notice to the Maharashtra government on Monday for the death of newborn babies in a fire.
Ten newborn babies died on Saturday while seven others were rescued after a fire broke out at the hospital on Saturday. The infants were one and three months. Seventeen babies were admitted at the Special Newborn Care Unit of the four-storeyed hospital in Maharashtra’s Bhandara district. Seven of them were admitted to the inborn ward of the unit and were rescued and those in the outbound ward couldn’t be evacuated to safety.
In a tweet, PM Modi wrote: “Heart-wrenching tragedy in Bhandara, Maharashtra, where we have lost precious young lives. My thoughts are with all the bereaved families. I hope the injured recover as early as possible (sic)”.
NHRC had issued notices to the state chief secretary and Director General of Police and asked for a detailed report within four weeks. Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray had ordered an investigation into the incident and said that there should not be any negligence. The state government announced a compensation of ₹5 lakh for the families of the deceased.
“Last year, our health infrastructure was under a lot of stress due to Covid-19. The probe will determine if there were some negligence. The investigation will be held under the leadership of divisional commissioner,” Thackeray said after he had paid a visit to the hospital.
BJP workers took out a bike rally in the Maharashtra district, appealing to people to keep their establishments closed and support the ‘bandh’.