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Four SUM officials arrested for fire tragedy

Bhubaneswar, Oct 18: The Commissionerate Police on Tuesday evening arrested four Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospital officials, including its superintendent on the charges of negligence in conduct and safety that caused of the major fire in the hospital on Monday evening killing 20 persons.

The Khandagiri Police arrested hospital superintendent Pusparaj Samantasinghar, ex-Executive Engineer Amulya Kumar Sahu (electrical maintenance), Fire Safety Officer Santosh Das and retired Junior Engineer Malay Kumar Sahu (electrical maintenance).

Their arrest on charges of criminal negligence, including culpable homicide, culpable homicide not amounting to murder, and negligence with regard to fire safety, is based on an FIR filed by Fire Services Department, said Commissioner of Police YB Khurania.

They all were booked under Sections 304, 308, 285 and 34 IPC.

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