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Delhi Children Hospital fire: Court remands two suspects to 3 days police custody – India Tribune

By Vaseline May27,2024

New Delhi, May 27 (ANI): Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) and other teams inspect the incident site at the New Born Baby Care Hospital, where a fire broke out on Saturday evening killing seven babies, in New Delhi’s Vivek Vihar on Monday. (ANI photo/Amit Sharma)

New Delhi (India), May 27 (ANI): Delhi’s Karkardooma court on Monday remanded two suspects, including the owner of the New Born Child Hospital business, to three days’ police custody in connection with the death of seven newborns in the fire incident.
The suspects were brought to trial after their re-arrest.
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vidhi Anand Gupta has remanded Dr Naveen Khichi and Dr Akash in police custody till May 30.
The Investigating Officer (IO) has filed an application for five days of police custody to seize CCTV DVR and check Akash’s medical degree.
After hearing the police’s submissions, the court remanded the two suspects in custody for three days.
According to Delhi Police, information regarding fire in hospital and persons in danger was received on May 25, 2024 at 11:29 PM. Thereafter, police personnel and fire brigade personnel reached the spot at Baby Care New Born Hospital, Vivek Vihar, where the fire was seen in two two-storey buildings.
With the help of fire brigade personnel, twelve babies were rescued from the nursing station. After extinguishing the fire, the hospital was inspected and oxygen cylinders were found.
The rescued babies were shifted to other hospitals in East Delhi Advance NICU, Vivek Vihar, Delhi and later seven dead babies were sent to GTB Hospital mortuary for autopsy.
An FIR has been filed in this case for offense 336/304A/34 IPC.
Upon inspection of the hospital and examination of the nursing staff, it was determined that there was no fire extinguisher, improper entry, exit and absence of emergency situations.
exit, deployment of BAMS doctor etc, penalty section 304/308 IPC were invoked.
It was found that the license issued to Baby Care New Born Child Hospital by DGHS, Govt. of NCT of Delhi has already expired on March 31, 2024.
Although the expired permit (issued to the said hospital) allowed only 5 beds, 12 newborn children were hospitalized at the time of the incident.
The doctors are not qualified/competent to treat the newborn child requiring neonatal care as they are only BAMS degree holders.
There is no fire extinguisher installed in the said hospital for emergency use in case of fire.
There is no emergency exit in the hospital in case of any untoward incident.
During the investigation, it was found that ‘Baby Care New Born Child Hospital’ has four branches in Vivek Vihar, Punjabi Bagh, Delhi, Faridabad and Gurgaon.
The owner of the said hospital is Dr. Naveen Khichi, a resident of Bhera Enclave, Pachim Vihar, Delhi.
He is a doctor in pediatrics. He and his wife Dr. Jagriti (dentist) run the said hospital.
The fire brigade, the Crime Team and the FSL team arrived on the scene. Short circuit is mentioned as the suspected cause of the fire. An electrical inspection report is received from the Electrical Inspector (Labour Department) of NCT of Delhi, D-Block, Shamnath Marg. A report is also being obtained from the Delhi Fire Brigade, police said.

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