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Lucknow: Fire breaks out at King George’s Medical University trauma centre, Yogi Adityanath orders probe

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Lucknow, July 16: A fire broke out at a drug store in King George’s Medical University’s (KGMU) Trauma Centre in Lucknow on Saturday evening. There was no casualty. The fire was spotted around 7 pm on the second-floor drug store inside the “disaster/encephalitis ward”.

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According to chief medical superintendent, KGMU, Prof SN Shankhwar, the fire broke out on the second floor of the trauma center building at around 7 pm. Fire tenders from the Chowk fire station rushed to the spot and the rescue operation is underway.

Witnesses said fire alarm at the ward did not work and authorities detected the blaze only after smoke had filled second and third floors of the six-storey building.

Doctors, paramedics, attendants and security personnel had a tough time evacuating the about 200 critical patients amidst the bellowing smoke. The evacuation process continued till late in the night. Several door and window panes had to be broken in a bid to let the smoke escape and facilitate evacuation that continued till late in the night.

A critically ill woman, who left Trauma Centre for Lohia Hospital after the incident, reportedly died on the way.

As it was night time, patients had great difficulty in moving out and they had no idea where to go or whom to contact. Many patients were seen crying for help, while the ‘inadequate’ security personnel could manage to rescue only a few of them.

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Patients who were at the causality ward or at the diagnostic centre for X-ray, CT scan etc at the ground floor were seen coming out on stretchers with the help of their attendants. Some of them were being administered normal saline and they came out with great difficulty.

Within minutes dozens of stretchers were seen outside the centre as patients and attendants moved out in panic. Evacuation was not easy as only the main exit was opened. Later more doors were opened by breaking the locks.

Some patients were shifted to the adjacent Shatabdi Hospital and Lari Cardiology and some were referred to Balrampur hospital and Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital.

Those admitted in the ICU too had to be brought out as electricity supply was hit after the fire.

According to SN Sankhwar, CMS Trauma, no person has died because of fire and all were relocated on time.

Chief minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered an inquiry into the incident. Early probe indicated there was short circuit in the store on the second floor.

As per the latest reports, all patients have been relocated. A Kumar, Principal Secy of Health while interacting with media said that an Investigation is on and Trauma Centre services will be restored in 24 hrs.

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Celebrations in Lucknow, Amethi as Rahul takes over as Congress chief

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Lucknow, Dec 16 : Celebrations broke out in the Uttar Pradesh capital and Amethi on Saturday as soon as Rahul Gandhi took over as the new president of the Congress.

Jubilant party workers danced to the thumping of dhols and burst firecrackers as news of the coronation of their “Rahul Bhaiyya” was telecast on television channels.

The centre of the celebrations in the state capital was the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) office at Mall Avenue where a large number of old timers, party loyalists, supporters and workers along with state office bearers had gathered since morning in anticipation of the Gandhi scion taking over the party reins.

Over 100 kg of sweets was also distributed. Legislator Aradhana Mishra, who took part in the celebrations, said this was a momentous occasion for the party as a young leader was now in charge of the party fortunes.

“Youth are the backbone of the country and it is a heartening moment for all of us that the power has now shifted to a young leader,” she said.

Several hoardings have come up in Amethi, the parliamentary constituency of Rahul Gandhi, congratulating him on his elevation as the Congress boss. Party workers also took out small motorcycle rallies with Congress flags to mark the occasion.

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Builder’s killer held after shootout in Ghaziabad

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Ghaziabad, Dec 16: A criminal who had shot dead a builder was arrested in Ghaziabad after a shootout in which he and a policemen were injured, police said on Saturday.

A .32 bore pistol and two cartridges were seized from Mohammad Saif, Superintendent of Police (City) Akash Tomar said.

Following a tip-off about the contract killer’s presence in Ghaziabad, police said it increased patrolling in the area on Friday night. Police came across the criminal riding a motorcycle with another person, and asked him to surrender. However, he fired at the police and tried to flee.

In the subsequent firing, the Constable sustained a gunshot injury and Saif shot in the leg. While he was overpowered by police, his accomplice fled the spot.

Both the injured were taken to a nearby hospital where both were declared out of danger.

The SP said that during initial questioning, the criminal confessed to the contract killing of Ghaziabad-based builder S.P. Singh in his office on November 9.

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Icy winds blow in Lucknow, mercury dips

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Lucknow, Dec 16: Icy winds were blowing across the Uttar Pradesh capital and neighbouring areas on Saturday, bringing down the mercury.

As the sun shone brightly, the weatherman said the biting winter has arrived. Winds were blowing at speeds of 30 kmph. There was likely to be fog till Monday.

Director of the Regional Met Office J.P. Gupta said temperatures were likely to fall further in the coming days.

The minimum temperature recorded in the state capital here in the last 24 hours was 16 degrees Celsius while the maximum was 23.6 degrees celsius.

Gorakhpur was colder with minimum temperatures recorded at 13 degrees Celsius, Varanasi recorded a minimum temperature of 19 while Allahabad 17 and Kushinagar was cold at 14 degrees Celsius.

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