Oxygen vendor raided after 63 children die at UP hospital

30 children were reported dead in a span of 48 hours

30 children were reported dead in a span of 48 hours at Gorakhpur's BRD hospital

Nation demands justice for the deceased!

Sharply contradicting the Uttar Pradesh government's claims that there was no shortage of oxygen at Gorakhpur's Baba Raghav Das Medical College, the parents of a baby girl have said that oxygen level was low since 10 Augus. 30 kids' had demised in the first 48 hrs.

"There haven't been any deaths due to lack of oxygen supply".

State health minister Siddharth Nath Singh stated that they couldn't come to an end until the reports of the incident are acquired. UP Congress chief Raj Babbar had also made the same comment as Yadav.

"Can any company stop the supply of life saving oxygen under any circumstances?"

UP medical education minister Ashutosh Tandon furnished details of the funds released for making payment to the supplier and blamed the principal for delay in clearing the dues.

Earlier in the day, 16 more children reportedly succumbed due to hospital negligence, claimed report in Times Now. He had even inaugurated a ten bed ICU, a six bed Critical Care Unit.

Although his heroics were hailed on Saturday, a thread on Twitter on Sunday alleged that Khan, reportedly a Samajwadi Party supporter, had cheated his way into medical college.

"We have been told that the BRD Hospital witnessed disturbance in liquid oxygen supply since last night as the private firm withdrew supply owing to non-payment", district magistrate Rajeev Rautela told the media. It did not detail reasons for the death of the remaining 24. "But there was existing alternative arrangement of 50 oxygen cylinders which was being used, so there was no shortage of oxygen", he said.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi had expressed deep shock at the death of the children.

"By making the college principal a scapegoat, the state government is trying to absolve itself of all responsibility", Mayawati said.

Talking to media in Gorakhpur, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said, "We are deeply saddened by the incident".

However, Siddharth has ensured proper investigation by setting up an inquiry committee to examine the case and said the culprits would be booked if found guilty.

"The opposition is not indulging in politics but there is a difference between what the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) says and what it does", Akhilesh said. Reporters of Manorama News saw the heart-wrenching scene of parents holding on to the lifeless bodies of their children and riding pillion on the bike.

The region is one of India's poorest and registers hundreds of child deaths each year from Japanese Encephalitis and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome, which is rife in parts of eastern and northern India.

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