Gorakhpur tragedy: UP Govt. again refutes disruption of gas supply as cause of deaths

The Uttar Pradesh Government on Saturday again refuted the reports that children in Gorakhpur’s Baba Raghav Das Medical College‘s hospital died due to disruption of gas supply and assured of a high level probe into the deaths, headed by the Principal Secretary.

Also, the government has suspended the principal of the BRD Medical College.

“After the first level of investigation, we can claim that the deaths did not take place due to disruption of gas supply. The discussions happened in detail, but issue of gas supply that should’ve come to light didn’t come up,” Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh said, while addressing the press conference regarding the tragedy.

“We are suspending the BRD medical college principal with immediate effect for this negligent behavior,” State Minister for Medical Education Ashutosh Tandon said. Tandon also assured of a high-level probe into the tragedy, headed by the Principal Secretary.

“We will wait for the report and an action will be taken,” Tandon added.

BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj today said 30 infants died in a Gorakhpur hospital because oxygen supply was cut off over non-payment of dues. He demanded stringent action against those responsible for the tragedy in Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital, where 30 children are believed to have died in 48 hours.

“The deaths which took place in a Gorakhpur hospital were very saddening. The person, who switched off the oxygen supply on the pretext of non-payment of dues, was responsible for the incident,” the MP from Unnao told reporters.

The Prime Minister’s Office also took to Twitter and announced that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has constantly been monitoring the situation in Gorakhpur and is in constant touch with authorities from the Central and state governments

Earlier on Friday, it was reported that over 30 infants at the BRD Hospital died due to alleged disruption in the supply of liquid oxygen.

Following this, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Saturday asked Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to step down from his post. Former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav also informed that a Samajwadi Party delegation would be visiting Gorakhpur and said the state government and administration are hiding crucial facts in the case.

According to data procured from the BRD hospital, in past five days – from August 7 to August 11, a total of 60 deaths have occurred in the hospital. The procured data also shows the number of oxygen cylinders sent for refilling each day, showing a clear shortage of liquid oxygen in the hospital.

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