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Gorakhpur tragedy: 48 children dead in 48 hours at BRD Medical College

42 children died in 48 hours of which seven due to encephalitis

Agencies  |  Gorakhpur 

Children receive treatment in the Encephalitis  Ward at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital where over 60 children have died over the past one week, in Gorakhpur district. (Photo: PTI)
Children receive treatment in the Encephalitis Ward at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital where over 42 children have died over the past 2 days, in Gorakhpur district. (Photo: PTI)

As many as forty two children were killed in last 48 hours in Gorakhpur's Baba Raghav Das (BRD) Medical College, which is already under scanner for deaths of over 70 infants at the Gorakhpur hospital in a week in the month of July.

"42 children died in 48 hours of which seven due to encephalitis, rest due to other reasons," PK Singh, Principal said.

July tragedy:

Last month, 70 children died in It is alleged that the children died due to the lack of liquid oxygen in the hospital. The Yogi Adityanath government received flak from the Opposition over the same.

Earlier in the day, suspended principal of the B.R.D. Medical College Rajiv Mishra and his wife Purnima were arrested from Kanpur in connection with the deaths of over 70 infants.

The couple has been taken to Gorakhpur by the Special Task Force (STF) of Uttar Pradesh police.

Earlier, an FIR was lodged against the suspended principal of the B.R.D medical college, Dr. Rajiv Misra, along with six other hospital personnel, and two officials of the oxygen-supplying agency Pushpa Sales Private Limited, Manish Bhandari and Uday Pratap Sharma under the charges of criminal negligence.

The FIR states that the breach in fulfilling the responsibility of supplying oxygen on the part of the Pushpa Sales comes under the section of criminal negligence, as they were informed of the depleting stock of liquid oxygen by the B.R.D Medical college staff.

The FIR also stated that the government hospital had received a total fund of Rs. 454 lakh for the financial year 2017-18, of which Rs. 63.65 lakh was supposed to be given to Pushpa Sales in April.

Therefore, the B.R.D hospital personnel have been charged for "deliberately not submitting the payment despite repeated written request by the supplier to the principal" in want of bribe.

The FIR also accused principal Misra of staying absent from office on August 10 when media reported the deaths, thus indicating a "criminal conspiracy" on his part.

It also accused Misra and his wife of corruption, supported by statements given by Dr. Shukla's hospital staff that she had obtained illegal amounts of money and had a significant role in the corrupt activities of Dr. Misra.

Others have been accused of neglecting their respective duties in anticipation of bribe, that resulted in deaths.

Dr. K.K. Gupta, Director General, Medical Education registered the FIR under the orders of Uttar Pradesh government at the Hazratganj Police Station, Lucknow on August 23.

Earlier, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had ordered for a strict action against the hospital staff and Pushpa Sales Pvt. Ltd., the firm that had allegedly cut off oxygen supply over non-payment of dues, after he was briefed about the by a committee that he formed for looking into the matter.

First Published: Wed, August 30 2017. 09:24 IST