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Friends and families of the more than 90 hapless victims who perished one year ago from an unprecedented and devastating fire at the AMRI Hospital gathered today in front of the hospital on a sombre ceremony in memory of their loved ones and to express their deep frustration for the lack of apparent justice. Soon after the blaze engulfed AMRI Hospital in the wee hours on December 9, 2011, newly elected Bengal chief minister, Mamata Banerjee, rushed to the site and made an emphatic promise that nobody would be spared from expedited justice no matter how big or influential they might be. But unfortunately, reality paints a completely different picture.
After one year, the “living” victims are still scampering from one forum to another seeking justice for their irreparable loss while the culprits (AMRI Board of Directors) for this horrific hospital fiasco are roaming free as the criminal case against them has been put into a deep slumber by the public prosecutors and government investigators. Even worse, it is reported that AMRI Hospital has been renovated and is gearing up to reopen to start their highly profitable business of healthcare very soon. The PBT members also joined the demonstration in front of the AMRI Hospital to express their support for equitable justice for the victims. PBT has also submitted a memorandum to the West Bengal Governor today urging him to take necessary steps so that AMRI hospital cannot reopen to start making profit from the vulnerable patients until all those who were responsible for the last year’s fire are brought to justice and the victims receive adequate compensation for their loss (see the news below). Also read the article published today on this topic by PBT president, Dr. Kunal Saha.