Ahmednagar: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray ordered an inquiry and called for a detailed report into the fire incident at Ahmednagar civil hospital that claimed lives of 11 Covid-19 patients and injured seven on Saturday.
According to the district information office of Ahmednagar, the Chief Minister, while condoling the incident, said that strict action would be taken against the hospital staff, if negligence in duty was found.
The exact cause of fire has not been yet ascertained, but primary investigation has indicated that it could be a short circuit, said police.
Around 25 patients of Covid-19 were admitted in the Covid-19 ICU ward of the hospital. Eleven patients have lost their lives, while seven others were also seriously injured due to the fire, which took place today, police said.
The Chief Minister directed Nagar Guardian Minister Hassan Mushref and Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte to coordinate with hospital and ensured appropriate treatment to the injured.
Meanwhile, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has demanded registration of an FIR against Civil Surgeon Pokharnavar for negligence of their duty.