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Gorakhpur tragedy: UP police nabs absconding BRD college oxygen supplier

The state government had vehemently denied that shortage of oxygen led to the deaths

Press Trust of India  |  Gorakhpur 

Gorakhpur tragedy
Children receive treatments 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 on Monday | PTI Photo

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

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.

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.

"Manish Bhandari, the proprietor of Pushpa Sales was arrested by the Gorakhpur Police at around 8.00 am from Deoria bypass road," Senior Superintendent of police Gorakhpur, Anirudh Sidhartha Pankaj told PTI.

The SSP said Bhandari's medical examination is being conducted and subsequently, he will be interrogated.

"Later he will be produced in a local court," he said.

According to police sources, Bhandari was absconding for a long time.

On September 15, the anti-corruption court had declared Bhandari an absconding and issued orders to attach his properties.

Pushpa Sales was the former oxygen supplier to the

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 the principal of the BRD 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 had constituted the committee under the chief secretary on August 12, a day after deaths of scores of children in the state-run hospital.

First Published: Sun, September 17 2017. 14:05 IST