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SUM owner Manoj Nayak surrenders, arrested

Bhubaneswar, Oct 20: Founder and owner SUM Hospital Manoj Ranjan Nayak was arrested by the Commissionerate Police on Thursday after he surrendered before it in connection with deaths of 21 patients over Monday's fire tragedy at the hospital, confirmed Commissioner of Police YB Khurania on Thursday.

On Wednesday, the police issued look out circular notice for Siksha ‘O’ University Charitable trustees, Manoj Ranjan Nayak and wife Saswati Das to prevent them from moving out of country.

Meanwhile, the SOA management that runs the SUM Hospital in a press statement said, “Taking full responsibility for the fire tragedy at the SUM Hospital, Prof. Manojranjan Nayak, Founder President of Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan, has surrendered before the Khandagiri police station at 3.30 am on Thursday as soon as he came to know that a Look Out Circular had been issued in his name.”

“Prof Nayak has assured the local police that he would extend full cooperation in the process of investigation. As already emphasized, the SUM Hospital authorities will wholeheartedly cooperate in all respects. In deep grief for the loss of lives in accident, the hospital will continue to serve the people with full dedication as before,” it added.

Commissioner of Police Khurania said he surrendered in the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday at the Khandagiri police station. He was booked under Sections 304, 308, 285 and 34 of IPC. All the Sections are non-bailable ones.
He will be forwarded to court today.

Khurania told media persons that his wife Saswati Das against whom the police also issued look out notice is avoiding investigation.

On Tuesday, the Khandagiri police arrested four employees of SUM Hospital, including its superintendent Pusparaj Samantsinghara a day after the tragedy.

A total of four FIRs, including two by Government agencies have been filed against the SUM authorities. 

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