Ahmednagar Civil Hospital Medical officer Dr Vishakha Shinde and three staff nurses were arrested on Tuesday in connection with a fire that broke out at the medical facility last week, reported PTI.

Eleven people had died in the fire that broke out in the intensive care unit ward of the hospital in Maharashtra on November 6. Preliminary information suggested that a short circuit may have caused the fire.

On Tuesday, Ahmednagar (rural) Superintendent of Police Manoj Patil said that besides Shinde, they have arrested staff nurses Sapna Pathare, Asma Shaikh and Channa Anant on charges of negligence and culpable homicide not amounting to murder.

“Dr Vishakha Shinde was on duty [when the fire broke out] but she failed to report the incident,” Patil said, according to PTI. “As far as the other three staff nurses are concerned, it has been revealed in the investigation that they were outside the ICU when the fire occurred.”

The police officer said that the staff nurses are not supposed to leave the ICU. He added that it was the primary duty of a staff nurse to safeguard the patients in the event of a fire at the ICU.

On Monday, state Health Minister Rajesh Tope had said that Shinde, Pathare, Ahmednagar District…

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