Gorakhpur tragedy: Guilty will face action, says UP deputy CM Keshav Maurya

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Gorakhpur District Magistrate Rajeev Rautela said on Friday: "No death in BRD Medical College, Gorakhpur, has taken place due to shortage of oxygen supply".

Meanwhile, the owner of a firm which supplied oxygen to the hospital said his contract had ended in March and was not renewed, as per agency reports.

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.

Gorakhpur: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday said that he is tremendously affected by the death of over 70 children at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College, while reiterating that a probe will be instigated and the guilty will be severely punished.

Akhilesh blamed the present state government of being non-serious towards such issues, and said what has happened is a serious matter.

Dr Kafeel Khan, the head of the encephalitis ward and a paediatrician, managed to save many lives.

"The first resolution is that the community and medical fraternity needs to know the reason, that is, if it is due to disruption of oxygen".

Adityanath said that it is his fourth visit to BRD medical college since becoming the chief minister.

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Prashant Trivedi, the state's top health official, admitted there was a problem in the pipeline supplying oxygen.

But he too denied the lack of oxygen as the cause of death of 23 children, who died on the very same day.

The minister of Medical Education in UP, Ashutosh Tandon released this action during a press conference after the death, of 30 children in 48 hours.

The hospital is in chief minister Yogi Adityanath's constituency and he took stock of courses of action at the encephalitis wards two days prior during a visit.

He further said that the IMA has passed three resolutions over the tragic death of children in Gorakhpur's hospital.

Blaming the principal for delay in payment to the gas supplier, he said: 'I have been told that the principal left soon after the (August 9) meeting without informing the authorities and has been found prima facie reponsible'. "BJP government is responsible and should punish the negligent who caused this tragedy".

Nadda has sought a report from the state health department into the matter.

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