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Kolkata fire: Police remand of six AMRI directors extended

December 20, 2011 20:16 IST

A city court on Tuesday extended the police remand of six arrested directors of AMRI hospital, where 93 persons choked to death in a devastating fire, by three days on a plea by the Kolkata Police.

Chief Judicial Magistrate of the Alipur court S M Shahnawaz extended the remand of R S Goenka, S K Todi, Prashant Goenka, Manish Goenka, Ravi Todi and Dayanand Agarwalin police custody till December 23, when they will be produced before the court again.

A number of people gathered outside the court shouted slogans against the accused as they were being led into the court lock-up from a police vehicle. Tight security arrangement was made to prevent any untoward incident.

Another AMRI director R S Agarwal, who was undergoing treatment at a private hospital, was produced before the court on Monday after a team of government doctors had declared him fit on Sunday.

But when he was produced, he pleaded severe illness, after which the CJM sent him to state-run SSKM Hospital and directed the hospital authorities to file a report on his health condition.

All the accused have been charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder and negligence.

Trinamool Congress member of Parliament and lawyer Kalyan Banerjee, who is pleading for the prosecution as a special public prosecutor, today prayed for extension of police remand of the six directors stating that they need to be further examined by officers of the detective department of Kolkata Police.

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