Gorakhpur tragedy: FIR against firm supplying oxygen to hospital

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Published Aug 13, 2017, 2:14 am IST
Updated Aug 13, 2017, 2:14 am IST
The hospital later gave a break-up of 60 deaths since August 7.
A hospital staff member checks newly arrived oxygen cylinders at Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital in Gorakhpur, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. (Photo: AP)
 A hospital staff member checks newly arrived oxygen cylinders at Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital in Gorakhpur, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. (Photo: AP)

Lucknow: An FIR has been registered against Pushpa Sales, the company that supplied oxygen to the BRD Medical College. A series of raids were also carried out on the offices of the company on Saturday.

Speaking to a news channel, Manish Bhandari, the owner of the company, squarely blamed the BRD hospital management for the deaths. 

 

He said that on Friday night, a part of the arrears (Rs 52 lakh) were hurriedly cleared after which oxygen supply had started from Rajasthan and would reach Gorakhpur on Saturday night. 

Mr Bhandari said his company was supplying liquid oxygen during the night and two other companies were also engaged in the supply of oxygen.

The hospital later gave a break-up of 60 deaths since August 7. According to the report, 34 deaths are of newborns in the NICU ward, 12 due to acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) cases and 14 are non-AES cases.





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