SUM hospital fire mishap toll mounts to 29

Bhubaneswar: The toll in the SUM Hospital fire tragedy rose to 29 after one more person undergoing treatment died at Nilachal hospital on Friday.

The deceased has been identified as Gopal Dalei of Janla Ogalapada area in Khurda.

Meanwhile, the Khurda ADJ-2 court is likely to pronounce its verdict on a bail application filed by SUM Hospital owner Manoj Nayak today, who is currently lodged at the Jharpada jail here in connection with the SUM Hospital Fire Mishap case.

The court yesterday reserved its order on Nayak’s bail application after hearing arguments from both the sides for two hours.

While the government pleader opposed Nayak’s bail application on basis of the case diary submitted to the court, the SUM Hospital owner’s counsel argued in favour of the bail blaming the Fire Services department for its delayed response and not ensuring fire safety measures are the hospital.

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The Commissionerate Police served notices to two trustees of the Sikshya O Anusandhan Charitable Trust, Nayak’s wife Saswati Das and sister Arati Nayak, asking them to appear before it within seven days.