Delhi hospital fire: Owner Naveen Khichi, on-duty doctor Akash sent to 3-day police custody until May 30

The owner of Delhi hospital in which seven babies died due to a massive fire, has been sent to police custody till May 30.

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Updated27 May 2024
Charred remains of medical equipments and other items at Baby Care New Born Hospital where a fire broke out on Saturday night at Vivek Vihar area,  in New Delhi,
Charred remains of medical equipments and other items at Baby Care New Born Hospital where a fire broke out on Saturday night at Vivek Vihar area, in New Delhi,(Hindustan Times)

Naveen Khichi, the owner of a children's hospital in east Delhi, arrested a day after seven babies died due to a massive fire at his hospital, was today remanded to three-day police custody until May 30. 

The court also sent Dr Akash, the on-duty doctor at the time of the incident, to a three-day police remand.

A case has been registered at Vivek Vihar police station under various sections, including 304 (punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide).

The Delhi government has ordered a magisterial probe into the incident.

The tragic incident occurred on Saturday night at 11.30 pm, when a fire broke out at the New Born Baby Care Hospital.

Also Read: Delhi hospital fire: Owner of New Born Baby Care has history of criminal negligence, says report

After the incident, Khichi had absconded and was arrested on Sunday.

At the time of the incident, 12 babies were admitted to hospital. One baby died on the spot, and one died during treatment. Five were declared dead on arrival in another hospital. Five babies are undergoing treatment.

Also Read: 'Came to know through news, friend': Fathers of two babies killed in Delhi hospital fire share their plight

The Delhi police said that the licence of the neonatal hospital had expired in March, and underqualified doctors were treating babies.

“During the investigations, we got to know that the doctors are not qualified/competent to treat the newborn children in need of neonatal intensive care, as they are BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery) degree holders only,” ANI reported, quoting DCP Surendra Choudhary.

Also Read: Delhi hospital fire: License expired in March, unqualified doctors, no extinguishers - What led to death of 7 babies

Khichi is an MD in pediatrics and lives in Pachim Vihar area. He runs this hospital with his wife, Dr Jagriti, who is a dentist.

Reports said that Khichi has three clinics in the national capital.

In 2021, Khichi was reportedly booked for alleged mistreatment of a newborn during treatment at the children's hospital. According to India Today, it was also discovered in 2021 that the hospital was not registered under the Delhi Nursing Home Act.

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