The Central Zone Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC) A B Ota today began recording statements of the witnesses as part of the probe into the fire tragedy at SUM Hospital that left at least 30 patients dead last month.
However, out of the 20 witnesses asked to appear on the day, only three came and deposed before the Commission.
"Fresh notices will be issued to those who did not turn up today," the RDC said, adding that 20 and 21 others have been asked to depose on Wednesday and Thursday respectively.
The Commission had received affidavits from at least 400 witnesses and from them only 61 were asked to depose. At least 30 patients had died due to the fire in the private hospital at Bhubaneswar on October 17 following which the state government ordered the RDC to investigate into the incident and submit a report.
The RDC said that at least 35 others, including fire officials, health officials and district officials, who played key roles in dousing the flames, rescue operations and treatment of the shifted patients, have been issued notices to depose before the Commission.
"These officials did not file affidavits," the RDC said.
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