Gorakhpur hospital deaths a massacre, says Congress, demands SC-monitored probe

Marsha Scott
August 14, 2017

Sources said the supply of oxygen to the hospital was stopped on Thursday night due to non-payment of dues to the firm engaged in supplying oxygen to the hospital.

Praveen Modi, owner of Pushpa Sales company, which used to supply oxygen to the BRD Medical College, categorically denied that it had the tender to do so.

Meanwhile, leaders of Opposition parties have reacted sharply to the development.

Former UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has also called for a strict investigation into matter demanding Rs 20 lakh compensation for the families of the deceased children.

Allegedly 63 children died in Gorakhpur's state-run Baba Raghav Das Medical College cum Hospital in Uttar Pradesh.

The Hindustan Times newspaper on Saturday described chaotic scenes at the hospital as oxygen supply was disrupted.

People come to the hospital to save their lives but when hospital itself becomes the reason for death it is a most awful thing to digest. Twenty-three children died between Wednesday and Thursday.

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Speaking to media, Yogi Adityanath said that let reports of probe committee come and the guilty would not be spared "Assure you, if anyone's negligence caused death of a person, in any part of UP, he won't be spared, " he said.

"I am pained beyond words by the tragic deaths of 30 children in Gorakhpur. If anyone is found guilty, he will be held accountable".

Vaibhav Maheshwari, state spokesman of AAP told IANS "it was a matter of shame that the Chief Minister was mum on such a serious issue and that the state government was trying to defuse facts".

The government said funds for oxygen were not released by the hospital administration till August 11, even though it was cleared by August 7.

Earlier, Nadda told ANI that he has also also sought a report from State Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh and Medical Education Minister Ashutosh Tandon.

Initially, it was reported that the children died to to lack of liquid oxygen in the BRD college, but Adityanath has insisted that the deaths occurred due to encephalitis and other reasons, and not because of lack of oxygen supply.

Despite all the attention to the incident, the hospital was still ordering liquid oxygen cylinders as of Sunday morning.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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