Controversy over death of 2 inmates at Patna shelter home
(Eds: Adding inputs; correcting inmate's age)
Patna, Aug 12 (PTI) A controversy has arisen over the death of two inmates of a shelter home for mentally challenged women here with the hospital authorities and Bihar social welfare department providing conflicting narratives and reportedly keeping police in the dark.
Rajiv Ranjan Prasad, Superintendent, Patna Medical College and Hospital, said two women, aged 17 and 40 years, were brought to the hospital on the intervening night of August 10 and August 11 and were declared "brought dead".
He said the postmortem examination was conducted yesterday.
"It was a lapse on part of the shelter home authorities and the hospital administration as neither of the two informed the police stations concerned before the postmortem was conducted. We came to know about the deaths only this morning," N H Khan, Inspector General of Police (IG), Patna Zone, said.
the hospital claimed that they died during treatment, but the
hospital authorities say otherwise".
"We have ordered an enquiry into the matter and
District Magistrate Kumar Ravi and Senior Superintendent of
Police Manu Maharaj are also personally investigating the matter," he said.
He said the last rites of the second woman were not performed since her religion was not clear.
"We have also deputed two officials of our department to join the investigation since questions may be raised over the conduct of the official under whose supervision the women
were taken to the hospital.
"In fact, even after the deaths took place, he informed the department by writing a letter instead of rushing to the directorate or make a telephonic call," Kumar said.
The incident has surfaced at a time when the CBI is
Muzaffarpur in the state.
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