Gorakhpur Tragedy: Oxygen Supplier Arrested

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Gorakhpur: A state-run hospital in Gorakhpur where 30 children died in a span of 48 hours due to shortage of oxygen supply had not paid the suppliers’ dues amounting to Rs 64 lakh, finally arrested.

The proprietor of Pushpa Sales, which supplied oxygen to the state-run Baba Raghav Das Medical College where dozens of children died last month, was arrested in connection with the case on Sunday.

More than 60 children, mostly infants, had died at the hospital within a week last month.There were allegations that the deaths occurred due to a disruption in oxygen supply over unpaid bills to the vendor.

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The state government had vehemently denied that shortage of oxygen led to the deaths. With the fresh arrest, all the nine persons named in the FIR have been sent to custody. In its report submitted on August 23, the committee under UP Chief Secretary Rajive Kumar probing the hospital tragedy had recommended initiating criminal action against then principal of the BRD Medical College Dr Rajiv Mishra, HoD Anaesthesia Paediatric department Dr Satish, in-charge of 100-bed AES ward Dr Kafeel Khan and Pushpa Sales.

UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had constituted the committee under the chief secretary on August 12, a day after deaths of scores of children in the state-run hospital.