Odisha Health Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak resigned on Friday in the aftermath of the SUM Hospital fire tragedy in Bhubaneswar in which at least 25 patients lost their lives. Four more patients receiving treatment at different hospitals died earlier in the day.
Late in the evening, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Pattanaik accepted his resignation.
On Monday, nearly 21 patients died of asphyxiation and more than hundred were injured as the fire swept through corridors and dialysis ward of the hospital. The owner of the hospital, Manoj Ranjan Nayak, who had surrendered to police on Thursday was sent to three-day police custody on Thursday.
Nayak was among the five people who were arrested by the police amid mounting demand to fix responsibility on the hospital authorities for alleged negligence, leading to the mishap.
Police had earlier hospital’s superintendent Pusparaj Samantasinghar and three other hospital officials. On the same day, had raided the seized some important documents from his office.
Union Health Minister JP Nadda had on Wednesday said that all those responsible for the tragedy would be should be punished.
While pointing out that Centre would take necessary steps for better treatment of the patients, he had said that the state government had constituted panels for conducting the inquiry into the tragedy.
Same day, kin of the victims who lost their lives in the fire tragedy protested outside the hospital demanding jobs and compensation.