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    89 dead in Kolkata hospital fire, industrialist owner arrested FrontierDesk
    FrontierDesk on Friday, December 9, 2011
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    Medical staff at the AMRI hospital – one of Kolkata's top medical facilities – abandoned their patients and fled for safety early Friday as fire and smoke poured through the building, leaving 89 people dead, many from smoke inhalation, officials said.

    Six people, including industrialist S K Todi of the AMRI group were arrested and the licence of the hospital cancelled.

    “As per my announcement that offenders will be arrested, six people, including S K Todi, have been arrested," Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee told reporters. “Law will take its own course. Those responsible for so many deaths, will be dealt with seriously,” she said.

    She said a high-level committee, with representatives from police, fire brigade, Kolkata Municipal Corporation and health department, has been formed to go into the cause of the fire.

    As rescuers scrambled to evacuate survivors, police filed a case against the hospital for violating safety procedures. Top government officials vowed to hold the hospital accountable for the tragedy, and began proceedings to cancel its license.
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