New Delhi: In a major development, the Delhi Police have arrested two people after registering a case of negligence against a private company, PES Installations, responsible for the maintenance of gas pipeline system in the Sushruta Trauma Centre.

The development came after police found that the annual contract of the firm responsible for supplying and maintenance of the oxygen pipeline had expired in October and the contract for staff deployment allegedly ended last year itself.

Meanwhile, the state-run hospital has denied taking responsibility of the incident by saying that the death of the four patients took place due to negligence of employees of PES Installations. Though, the allegations have been denied by Suresh Talwar, senior project manager of the firm which has been supplying oxygen for the past 18 years.

But the family members of the deceased hold hospital staffs also responsible for the deaths and demanded action against them.

Meanwhile, taking serious note of the issue the Delhi Government has announced compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the kin of each of the victims.

Delhi health minister AK Walia constituted a four-member committee to review the existing medical procedures and facilities in city government hospitals and make recommendations for modernisation and strengthening of the system.

Earlier, four patients had died in the Sushruta Trauma Centre on Tuesday due to suspected lack of oxygen in the ventilator.


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