The hospital management, meanwhile, asserted that only four infants died due to the fire at the government hospital on Nov 8, and not more.
Leader of Opposition and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath alleged that the casualty figures are being suppressed by the government like during the second wave of the Covid pandemic.
Bhopal hospital fire: Medical facility didn't apply for no-objection certificate despite getting multiple notices
The hospital neither obtained a fire safety NOC in the last 15-20 years nor did it ever conduct a fire safety audit of the building, sources at the Bhopal Municipal Corporation said.
A picture of the medical equipment, monitors, ventilators, and other critical life-saving devices covered in black soot was enough to tell the tale of the ghastly tragedy inside the ward.
The blaze started in a ward on the third-floor of the hospital, which houses the ICU, an official said.