Gorakhpur tragedy: No death due to shortage of oxygen says CM

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In addition to it, it questioned Adityanath's contribution to the state, mainly because the imcident took place in his own constituency - Gorakhpur. It seems like the authorities of Gorakhpur are not sacred of anyone.

The government will take action on the report of the magisterial inquiry which will be received soon, Adityanath said, promising that no one will be allowed to go scot-free and stern action will be taken against those responsible.

He said that as the state government is responsible for the incident, compensation of Rs 20 lakh must be given to family of each child.

Sharply reacting to death of 30 children in a hospital in Uttar Pradesh due lack of oxygen, Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi said that it is not a tragedy, but a massacre.

While the Gorakhpur DM, Rajeev Rautela, gave no reason for the deaths, the Union home ministry quoting the Gorakhpur Superintendent of Police, said 21 children had died owing to shortage of supply of liquid oxygen to the hospital.

"Thirty kids died in hospital without oxygen". He too denied any death due to shortfall of oxygen though 23 children died. "I assure you, if anyone's negligence caused the death of a person, in any part of UP, he won't be spared", he said.

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At his briefing, Yogi also slammed Congress for politicizing a sensitive issue and said that the previous UPA government at the centre did not paid heed to the situation saying it was a state matter.

Former UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav shot a tweet on the tragedy.

"The Chief Minister has given us proper instruction on this issue".

Tharoor further asserted that the situation in Gorakhpur states that after years of independence, country's priorities remain misplaced. The hospital has reportedly treated almost 370 cases in the past two months, of which 129 have resulted in deaths.

Encephalitis is a sudden onset inflammation of the brain. Azad further said, during the time of its ruling, the Congress party had spent crores rupees to provide medical facilities in the hospital.

Khan, who headed the encephalitis ward and is a paediatrician, managed to save many lives and the parents in the hospital had said that had it not been for his work, the number of deaths in the past 48 hours would be more than 36. "Yes, 60 patients have died at the hospital in the last five days but we don't think it's linked to reports of oxygen shortage".