Health Desk-16 July, 2020: The High Court on Wednesday directed the United Hospital authorities to pay Tk 30 lac to each of the four victims' families who were killed in a fire at its isolation unit on May 27.
The hospital authorities have been directed to pay the money as an initial payment in 15 days of receiving the copy of the order.
The bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim came up with the directive after he heard virtually five writ petitions filed on behalf of the victims' families, seeking compensation from the hospital authorities.
Niaz Mohammad Mahboob, who moved one of the writ petitions, told media that the family of Minor Hossain, one of the five victims who were killed in the fire, had already been paid Tk 20 lac as an initial payment by the hospital.
The hospital authorities will have to pay Tk 30 lac to the remaining four victims' families each in line with the HC directive, he said.
The five victims were Vernon Anthony Paul, 75, Riyajul Alam, 45, Khodeja Begum, 70, Monir Hossain, 75, and Md Mahbub, 50.