QBengaluru: Fire at Kailash Bar Kills 5; Docs Want More Ambulances
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1. Bengaluru Fire: 5 Staff Sleeping Inside Bar Dead, Owner Arrested
Days after a blaze in Mumbai’s Kamala Mills compound claimed 14 lives, five employees of a bar and restaurant were charred to death in a fire mishap on 8 January, in West Bengaluru. The fire broke out around 2:30 am in Kailash bar and restaurant, located in the ground floor of Kumbaara Sanga Building in KR Market area.
MN Anuchet, deputy commissioner of police, Bengaluru West said that the employees were sleeping inside the bar, when the fire broke out and were trapped inside as the fire spread. The deceased have been identified as Swami, 23, Prasad, 20, Manjunath, 45, Keerthi, 24 and Mahesh, 35. Victims are natives of Tumakuru, Hassan and Mandya.
An official at the fire control room said they received a call about the fire at 3:10 am and two fire tenders were rushed to the spot. According to the fire department, it took more than three hours of firefighting to douse the flames completely.
(Source: The Quint)
2. More Ambulances Needed to Meet Growing Population, Say Docs
Bengaluru needs more ambulances for the growing population, doctors in the city said.
On World Ambulance Day, doctors said that though people have become aware of how to handle emergencies over the last couple of years, more needs to be done. "I still see people gathering around an accident spot and clicking pictures instead of calling emergency services. Many of them still do not know the helpline number," said Dr Sudarshan Ballal, chairman, Manipal Hospitals.
The hospital receives at least 20 emergency cases a day. Dr Ballal also said that many a time motorists do not make way for ambulances. They need to be sensitised. The ambulance should be considered sacred at such times, he said.
(Source: Deccan Herald)
3. Abdul Basheer's Funeral Procession Passes off Peacefully Amid Harmony
The funeral procession of Abdul Basheer, who succumbed to injury on Sunday after being attacked by four persons on 3 January, passed off peacefully at Panjimogaru's Kooluru Muhiyuddin Jumma Masjid.
On Sunday afternoon, the body of Abdul Basheer, 47, who had been allegedly attacked to avenge the death of activist Deepak Rao that created communal tension in the coastal Karnataka was kept in Akashabhavana after the body was brought from hospital at 2.45pm, but only villagers and women were allowed to see his body.
When the body reached Akashabhavana, a large number of people had gathered - among them only 14 Muslim families while the rest belonged to the Hindu community. Those present included his family members.
4. STP Deaths: Lack of Enforcement of Safety Laws Draws Ire of Activists
The death of three people who were hired to clear the blocked sewage treatment plant (STP) of an apartment complex at Somasundarapalya, HSR Layout, has once again underscored the lack of implementation of the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013.
According to activists, there is no clarity on which agency has to monitor STPs in apartments — the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) that approves the building bylaws, or the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) that mandates STPs for apartments with more than 50 units, or the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) that looks into the quality of effluent.
Maithreyi, an activist, said though law clearly states that only sucking and jetting machines are to be used to clean septic tanks and STPs, it is not being enforced. “After the STPs are constructed, there is hardly any inspection by any agency. The civic agencies must ensure that this dangerous activity does not continue,” she said.
(Source: The Hindu)
5. Eye in the Sky Is Hunting for Missing Techie's Car
Whitefield police have been flying a drone over its limits to locate the missing techie Ajitabh Kumar at his last traced location in Gunjur and nearby areas. The police drone fitted with camera was being used to spot and locate whether Ajitabh’s vehicle, a grey Maruti Ciaz, that has also been missing along with him was parked in a concealed manner anywhere near Gunjur and the outskirts of the city leading towards Tamil Nadu.
The High Court had demanded a status report from the Whitefield police about the progress of the probe on Monday after Ajitabh’s father AK Sinha approached it with a writ petition seeking transfer of the case to the CBI last week. “Not only the drone, we have been following many other leads too. We have apprised the court about our team’s work and we are hoping that we will nab the culprits at the earliest,” said Abdul Ahad, Deputy Commissioner (Whitefield).
(Source: Bangalore Mirror)
6. 'Live Man Kept in Mortuary for 6 Hours'
Relatives of a 23-year-old road accident victim declared dead by doctors at a hospital claimed he was "alive in the mortuary freezer for six hours." Shocked to see the "dead body" stirring while they were at Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), the family rushed Praveen Mule to a private hospital, where he was declared dead again, they said. They allege the staff at KIMS didn't properly ascertain whether Mule was alive, costing him precious treatment time.
DCP (law and order) Renuka Sukumar said police have registered a case of negligence against doctors at KIMS. KIMS director Dr Dattatreya Bant denied the allegations. "Our duty doctor declared Mule brought dead after conducting the necessary tests. There is no question of taking any action against the duty doctor."
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