Vijayawada: A day after the grave fire mishap at Swarna Palace Hotel turned COVID care center in Vijayawada that claimed the lives of 10, Vijayawada police arrested three people in connection with the incident.

Those arrested have been identified as chief operating officer of Ramesh Hospital, Kodali Rajagopala Rao, General manager, Kurapati Sudarshan and night duty manager Venkatesh. The police also seized the lease agreement documents between the hospital and the hotel management.

The preliminary investigation into the case has revealed that the negligence was the reason for the grave mishap. The police are interrogating few more persons in connection with the case.

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Vijayawada police booked a case of Culpable Homicide not amounting to the murder against the management of

Dr Ramesh Hospitals and Swarna Palace Hotel regarding the death of 10 Covid-19 patients in the fire mishap. The hospital despite having knowledge about defects in electric wires refused to repair to save money.

Dr Ramesh Hospitals, a private healthcare provider, has leased Swarna Palace Hotel in the heart of Vijayawada city and converted into a makeshift hospital for Covid-19 patients treatment.

The Governorpet police said that they have registered a case under Sections 304(2), 308 read with 34 IPC against the Dr Ramesh Hospitals and Swarna Palace authorities based on the complaint filed by Tahsildar P Jayasrhee. The investigation is on to nab few more persons in connection with the case, they added.

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