Taking big action in the Gorakhpur hospital tragedy, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday sacked Anita Bhatnagar Jain, Additional Chief Secretary, Medical Education. The chief minister also ordered FIR against over half a dozen persons, including former hospital principal Rajeev Mishra, who has been suspended.
The decision came days after over 60 children died at Gorakhpur-based BRD Medical College and Hospital over the alleged shortage of liquid oxygen supply. As per Indian Express sources, the decision came soon after Chief Secretary Rajiv Kumar submitted a probe report into the deaths. Shrikant Sharma, Cabinet Minister, and government spokesperson confirmed that the report has been submitted to Adityanath and the findings of the inquiry will be communicated to the media later.
Adityanath had set up a four-member committee under the chief secretary to inquire into role of the liquid oxygen supplier and the reason behind the shortage of oxygen. However, in its communication to media, the government maintained that different illnesses, including Japanese Encephalitis, and not a shortage of oxygen had led to the deaths.
Earlier, addressing media, the chief minister had said that guilty will not be spared. Adityanath had said that UP Government has formed a committee under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary to probe into the role of the Oxygen supplier in the issue. “Not only children from Gorakhpur, but children from entire Eastern UP and Nepal arrive here for treatment,” Adityanath said. He appealed media to report “correct figures” of deaths.
“Mai aap logo se appeal karna chahunga ki agar aap log maut ke sahi aankdein logo ke saamne rakhenge to manvata ki badi sewa hogi, (I appeal all you to report correct figures of death, it will serve humanity)” Adityanath said. Adityanath has also termed deaths due to lack of Oxygen as a heinous crime.