Gayatri claims that she has been receiving threats to withdraw the case registered against the hospital staff.
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A Malad couple alleges that they are receiving threats from the management of Raksha Hospital. The couple, Gayatri and Magan Rajput, believes that due to the negligence of the Malad’s Raksha Hospital staff, their 2-year-old died on Monday, August 3.Gayatri claims that she has been receiving threats to withdraw the case registered against the hospital staff. She said, “Dr Pravan Kabra, founder of the hospital, with the help of local goons and politicians, is sending threats to us to withdraw the case. They don’t want us to defame the name of the hospital.” Parents Gayatri and Magan admitted their daughter Avantika as she was suffering from a very high fever. Gayatri recalled, “At 8am on August 3, we took Avantika to the hospital. The doctors checked her and immediately moved her into the ICU.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>They gave us a medical bill which was to be paid at the earliest. We told them that we will manage to get the money by evening but they refused to treat her before paying off all the bills. In due course, our daughter succumbed to the fever.” Meanwhile, Gayatri has informed the Malwani police about the threats she has been receiving lately. “I received threat calls on August 8, 9 and 11 between 2pm to 8pm,” Gayatri added. When asked, senior staff members of the hospital rubbished the allegations.The article was originally published here. For such hyperlocal stories, visit iamin.in
“Patel is a prime accused who used to buy chemicals illegally from trucks and tankers and then sell the material to other accused who have been earlier arrested in this case by police,” DCP (Detection) Dhananjay Kulkarni said.
A key accused in Malvani hooch tragedy, which claimed over a hundred lives, was arrested by Ahmedabad police.After his arrest yesterday based on a tip-off by Mumbai police, the accused Bharat Patel (42) was brought to Mumbai today, police said.”Patel is a prime accused who used to buy chemicals illegally from trucks and tankers and then sell the material to other accused who have been earlier arrested in this case by police,” DCP (Detection) Dhananjay Kulkarni said.According to the officer, the Mumbai crime branch passed on the information about Patel yesterday to Ahmedabad police.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We informed about the exact location of Patel to Ahmedabad police who arrested him yesterday from Chand Lodhia area in Ahmedabad,” Kulkarni said.Patel was produced in a local court that remanded him in police custody.With his arrest, the total number of accused held in the case has gone up to 14.At least 102 people had died after consuming spurious liquor consumption at Malvani area in Malad.
Twenty-six people from Malvani in Malad were admitted to Nair hospital from June 18 to 23 for methanol poisoning. All had consumed 150-250ml of liquor six to 24 hours prior to admission. Out of these, seven who were very critical were transferred to the Medical Intensive Care Unit. A majority of them had blurring of vision on admission. All of them had headache, chest discomfort and giddiness, along with severe acidosis (bicarbonate levels ranging from as low as 1 to 7 (normal being 18 to 24).We treated them with ethyl alcohol (via ryles tube) and sodium bicarbonate intravenously, a standard treatment for methanol poisoning. Thirteen patients received haemodialysis (11 required only one session and two required two sessions each), which is again a standard practice to remove formic acid — a metabolic product of methanol.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>All patients also received adequate intravenous fluids and were monitored round the clock. We also subjected them to investigations and ophthalmic examinations to rule out optic nerve damage.Out of those admitted, 10 died and 13 recovered, with no residual visual deficit. One patient, who is otherwise stable, has suffered from loss of vision, while two are still in critical care unit. None of the patients had any neurological complications. However, late complications, such as rigidity (stiffness of the body) and tremors, which are Parkinsonian features, are known to occur in some patients a couple of months after exposure to methanol.Hence, patients need to be followed up on for a period of time for these symptoms.Patients of methanol poisoning should be detected and treated promptly and receive early dialysis, which would be life-saving. This is because if not treated promptly, methanol is metabolised to formic acid which is responsible for the visual symptoms and circulatory collapse, leading to death, and delayed neurological complications in survivors. Prompt dialysis removes the formic acid which is responsible for all the toxic effects of methanol poisoning. Dr Mala V KaneriaProf and unit head, Department of MedicineNair Hospital
“Over 30 to 40 milligrams of methanol was found to be present in the absorbed content of liver, spleen, kidney and heart,” said a senior official from Toxicology department at KFSL. Scientists said presence of over 30 mg of methanol absorbed per 100 gms of viscera is fatal. “Pure poison was fed to the unsuspecting consumers of hooch in the slums,” said the official.
In the Malvani hooch tragedy, that left 102 dead and up to 46 battling for life in hospitals, scientists have ascertained that the victims were fed poisonous methyl alcohol or methanol. The toxicology department of Kalina Forensic Science Laboratory (KFSL), Santacruz, submitted 15 reports to the Mumbai police on Tuesday, all of which confirmed fatal levels of methanol.”Over 30 to 40 milligrams of methanol was found to be present in the absorbed content of liver, spleen, kidney and heart,” said a senior official from Toxicology department at KFSL. Scientists said presence of over 30 mg of methanol absorbed per 100 gms of viscera is fatal. “Pure poison was fed to the unsuspecting consumers of hooch in the slums,” said the official.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mumbai police had submitted 167 biological samples to KFSL, after the bootlegged liquor killed over hundred in the slum neighbourhood of Malad. These consist of viscera, blood, urine and stomach content wash of the deceased and the patients who are alive. Also, of the 1,168 litres of spurious liquor seized by the police, samples were drawn and up to 19 bottles were submitted to the laboratory for analysis on Monday. “Fatal levels of methanol have been found in the viscera of the victims. We are now in the process of analysing seized liquor to determine its contents. Later, the results will be corroborated,” said the official. “We suspect that poisonous methyl alcohol found its way into the ‘adda’, and was swapped for the regular ethyl alcohol country liquor regularly consumed by the revellers. Instead of ethyl alcohol, which is the regular alcohol fit for consumption, the victims had consumed poisonous methyl alcohol, a substance used as a solvent for industrial purposes.”After consuming country liquor from various ‘addas’ in Malvani, hundreds of victims dropped dead, suffered from loss of vision, felt breathless, vomited and were hospitalised. Some who were critical succumbed in the hospitals over the last week.While methanol may be used in small quantities while brewing of hooch or ethyl alcohol to enhance its flavour, after the recent spate of deaths, Mumbai police confirmed based on laboratory results that only methanol was found in the samples of the victims. Consuming between 60 ml to 240 ml of methanol can lead to death. “Only methanol content was found in the samples sent for forensic analysis,” said Dhananjay Kulkarni, deputy commissioner of police, Mumbai. (With inputs from Somendra Sharma)
xcise Minister Eknath Khadse said the Government would bring in a harsher law to deal with the menace with provisions to ensure that those arrested for distilling and selling illicit liquor would not get bail for at least for one year after their arrest.
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The toll in Mumbai’s worst hooch tragedy rose to 102 on Monday with the death of five more victims who consumed spurious liquor in Malad area and another 46 are in hospitals with eight of them struggling to survive serious ill-effects of the killer brew.Squarely blaming the BJP-led Government for the tragedy, Opposition Congress asked Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to step down owning moral responsibility and demanded a CBI inquiry into it. So far seven persons have been arrested in the case and eight police and four excise officials suspended. All of those arrested are in police custody.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Stepping up the heat, Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam said, “Excise Minister should take responsibility of this tragedy and quit. Since the Home Department is with the Chief Minister he should also resign.”Lamenting that the state does not have a full-fledged Home Minister, he said when the death toll is increasing on hourly basis the Chief Minister was busy doing Yoga. “Since the onus for the death of over 100 people lay at the Chief Minister’s door step, he should resign,” he said.He said when a similar tragedy happened in Vikhroli in 2004, claming over 87 lives, the then Congress-NCP Government had suspended the local DCP and raided and shut illegal distillaries across Mumbai. After the BJP-led Government came to power, the suprious liquor trade had flourished and now there are about 1000 hooch dens, he alleged. Rattled by the tragedy that occurred at the Laxmi Nagar slum in suburban Malvani on Wednesday night, Excise Minister Eknath Khadse said the Government would bring in a harsher law to deal with the menace with provisions to ensure that those arrested for distilling and selling illicit liquor would not get bail for at least for one year after their arrest.”Since January this year, 117 raids have been conducted in Malad and nearby areas in suburban Mumbai.Several people have been arrested. But, they have been let off on bail of Rs 2,000. The need of the hour is to make stringent laws,” he said.Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Legislative Assembly , Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, who visited the kin of the victims,demanded resignation of Khadse. “The loss of lives is also due to the negligence of the Shatabdi Hospital run by the municipal corporation,” and wanted the hospital authorities and health officer of the ward be booked for homicide.
In an another incident of discrimination, a Mumbai builder allegedly refused to sell a flat to a youth as he was Maharashtrian.
Discrimination against flat buyers on the basis of religion, ethnicity and food preferences seems to have now become a routine habit in the financial capital of the country.In an another incident of discrimination, a Mumbai builder allegedly refused to sell a flat to a youth for being Maharashtrian.According to a leading daily, Vaibhav Rahate, a car dealer, went to the builder’s office at Malad on May 4, as he wanted to book a flat at Celestial Heights on SV Road for his sister. But the staff member at the developers office told him that the apartments were not for sale to ‘Maharashtrians, Muslims and other non-vegetarian buyers’.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rahate approached the Malad police who recorded his statement but did not take any action even after 25 days. But after the intervention of Congress President Sanjay Nirupam on Friday, zonal DCP Vikram Deshmane instructed the Malad cops to conduct an inquiry and file an FIR, said report.Also read: Woman denied flat for being Muslim, Government promises actionHowever, the Shrinathji Group of developers denied any discrimination. They said that Rahate was denied flat because of his approach and the way he spoke with the staff.A day ago, Muslim woman was refused a flat for rent in Mumbai by a builder allegedly on grounds of her religion. Whereas, a week ago, Zeeshan Ali Khan, the MBA graduate was denied a job in the diamond exports firm for being Muslim.