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Gorakhpur child deaths: Owner of oxygen supplier Pushpa Sales arrested

More than 60 children, mostly infants, died at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital within a week.

india Updated: Sep 17, 2017 20:27 IST
A ward at the BRD Hospital in Gorakhpur on Wednesday. (HT Photo)
A ward at the BRD Hospital in Gorakhpur on Wednesday. (HT Photo)

The proprietor of Pushpa Sales, which supplied oxygen to the state-run Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital in Gorakhpur where dozens of children died in August, was arrested on Sunday 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 Uttar Pradesh 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 Gorakhpur police around 8am from Deoria bypass road,” Gorakhpur senior superintendent of police 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 an absconder, and issued orders to attach his properties.

Pushpa Sales was the former oxygen supplier to the medical college.

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 then principal of the BRD Medical College Dr Rajiv Mishra, head of the anaesthesia paediatric department Dr Satish, in-charge of the 100-bed AES ward Dr Kafeel Khan and Pushpa Sales.

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