A DAY after Congress activist Amal Gupta was arrested by the state CID in connection with Saturday’s fire incident at Murshidabad Medical College Hospital, state Congress president Adhir Chowdhury came down heavily on the state government, alleging that the arrest was part of a “political conspiracy”. He said he would soon file a PIL in Calcutta High Court seeking its intervention.
“I want the truth to come out. Amal Gupta, popularly known as Paltu, had rushed to save the people, but instead, he got arrested. The CID is looking for a scapegoat on the instructions of Mamata Banerjee, who had declared the fire as an incident of sabotage. The CM has been giving such theories to cover up for her government’s failure,” Chowdhury said on Monday.
Gupta was arrested late Sunday night, following which he reportedly fell ill and could not be produced at the Chief Judicial Magistrate Court in Berhampore. He has charged under IPC Section 304 (Culpable homicide not amounting to murder).
A Berhampore municipality (household tax collection department) employee, Gupta is believed to be a close aide of local MP Adhir Chowdhury.
Meanwhile, senior officials of state CID once again visited the hospital Monday. According to sources, the team led by Deputy Inspector General B L Meena, spoke to hospital staff to find out details that led to the incident.
“We are investigating the matter. It is too early to say whether it was a sudden incident or any conspiracy. We are waiting for the forensic lab report,” Meena told The Indian Express.
He further added, “Gupta, who works as an office-bearer in the hospital’s Rogi Sahayata Kendra, was present when the fire broke out. Due to his sudden ailment he has been admitted to the hospital. Once he recovers, we will question him to know what had actually happened.”
Sources in the probe agency revealed that since the two deaths in the incident were not caused by fire or suffocation but stampede, the agency is investigating to see if there was any conspiracy aiming to panic people, or whether it was just a reaction to escape death.
Apart from CID officials, a high-level inquiry team led by DG (Fire) Sanjoy Mukherjee, Prinicipal Secretary of Health Department R S Shukla and secretaries of Power and PWD departments also visited the hospital in the day as part of their departmental investigation.