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2 years after AMRI fire, relatives of victims wait for justice

Two years after the ghastly fire at AMRI Hospital in Dhakuria which led to the death of over 90 people, relatives of the victims feel the system has failed them.

‘It has been two years but we are yet to get justice. Those who were accused are out on bail and we have heard that the hospital will reopen. We still hope that truth will prevail and my family will get justice,’ said Suvojit Roy, who lost his 65-year-old sister Gita Roy Chowdhury in the fire.

In the worst hospital fire tragedy India had ever witnessed, more than 90 people (mostly patients) were choked to death from the toxic fumes after a fire broke out in the basement of the seven-storeyed hospital’s annexe building in the early hours of 9 December, 2011.

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee had then demanded stringent punishment for the accused. ‘We demand speedy justice and strict punishment of those who are guilty. Only those who have lost their near and dear ones can understand the pain. It is very painful to see those who were arrested after the incident, out on bail,’ said Abhijit Sen.
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