Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope
Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope on Friday morning said the fire at a private hospital in Virar, which killed 14 patients, was “not national news.”
However, the minister later said his statement had been taken out of context. He was speaking to reporters about issues he would be discussing with PM Narendra Modi at Friday’s meeting when he was suddenly asked a question related to the Virar fire tragedy and whether that would be raised in the meeting, to which he had responded, he said.
Tope said he had stated, “We will be speaking about oxygen, Remdesivir. The Virar incident though is not national news.” He said the state has taken a serious view of the incident and besides extending relief to the kin of the victims, an inquiry has been ordered.