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Odisha Health Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak Resigns Over SUM Hospital Tragedy

25 people have been killed so far.

22/10/2016 7:17 AM IST | Updated 22/10/2016 7:27 AM IST
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BHUBANESWAR -- Odisha Health Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak resigned from his position after 25 patients were reported killed and over 100 sustained injuries in an inferno that broke out at SUM Hospital in Bhubaneswar on Monday evening.

Confirming the development, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said, "Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak has resigned on moral grounds and I have accepted his resignation and sent it to the Governor."

Earlier on Friday, the Chief Judicial Magistrate sent hospital founder Manoj Nayak to two-day police remand.

Nayak was arrested on Thursday after he surrendered before the police and was produced before the Sub Divisional Judicial Magistrate Court in Bhubaneswar on Thursday evening.

Rejecting the bail plea of Nayak, the court granted the city police to take Nayak on a two-day remand.

He was booked under sections 304 (punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide), 285 (negligent conduct with respect to fire or combustible mat­ter) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for poor fire safety measures at his hospital.

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