Probe ordered into Bhopal hospital building
A technical probe into the
incident of collapse of a portion of Kasturba Gandhi Hospital in
Bhopal, which came down hurtling on Friday (April 26) resulting in
deaths of three persons and causing injuries to over two dozen
A case of death by negligence has been registered against three
persons including two Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, (BHEL)
officials in connection with the collapse of ceiling of Kasturba
Gandhi Hospital on April 26, wherein three persons were killed and
more than two dozen were injured, under Section 304-A of IPC –
which says culpable homicide not amounting to murder.
Police registered FIR against two senior managers of BHEL namely
JK Shrivastava, supervisor Abhishek Kumar and contractor Jagdeep
Singh Gangwar and arrested them. However, they were released on
bail after furnishing personal bonds. The case was booked under
Section 304-A along with Sections 288, 337 and 338 of the IPC.
According to police the sources, carelessness of the contractor
and callousness of certain BHEL officials were the reason behind
the incident. Following the incident, the BHEL administration,
particularly its civil department, was in the dock as building was
45-year-old and ground floor was being renovated for development
Blaming BHEL administration for the incident, INTUC president RD
Tripathi said: “The civil department should take the
responsibility as pillars had developed cracks and even labourers
had pointed out to the contractor. However, the labourers’ reports
were not taken seriously and renovation work was carried out.
Action should be taken against the civil department and the
Meanwhile, BHEL Executive Director S. R. Prasad called on Madhya
Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday and
apprised him of the incident of ceiling collapse in Kasturba
Hospital. BHEL directors MK Dubey and R Krishnan were also present
at the meeting with the chief minister.
BHEL ED Prasad informed the chief minister that the BHEL
administration had constituted an inquiry committee headed by a
MANIT professor and a report will be submitted within a week.
Besides, investigation into all the buildings will be conducted
and if any building is found dilapidated, it will be dismantled.
BHEL ED assured the Chief Minister of keeping it in mind that such
incident would not recur in future. BHEL officials also apprised
Chouhan of relief work being done.