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Samajwadi Party student wing workers hurl tomatoes at UP health minister’s residence

Death of at least 64 children over six days in a government hospital in Gorakhpur triggered political blame game in the state

india Updated: Aug 13, 2017 23:16 IST
HT Correspondent
Workers of the Samajwadi Chhatra Sabha hurl tomatoes at UP health minister Siddharth Nath Singh’s residence in Allahabad on Sunday evening
Workers of the Samajwadi Chhatra Sabha hurl tomatoes at UP health minister Siddharth Nath Singh’s residence in Allahabad on Sunday evening (PTI File Photo )

Workers of the student affiliate of opposition Samajwadi Party hurled tomatoes at UP health minister Siddharth Nath Singh’s residence in Allahabad on Sunday evening as death of children in a government hospital in Gorakhpur triggered a political blame game in the state.

Former Allahabad University Students’ Union vice-president and a leader of Samajwadi Chhatra Sabha ,Adeel Hamza, who led the protesters, said the state government should take responsibility for the death and the chief minister should immediately resign.

Yogi Adityanath-led Bharatiya Janata Party government came under severe criticism after at least 64 children have died over six days in Baba Raghav Das Medical College amid allegation that the hospital had allegedly defaulted on payments of Rs 68 lakh to oxygen suppliers over several months.

Singh had admitted oxygen supply was disrupted for two hours on Thursday night but ruled it out as the reason for the tragedy.

Opposition parties have been demanding resignation of the chief minister and the health minister over the tragedy.

Hamza said immediate action should be taken against those responsible for the loss of lives otherwise they will launch a massive protest.

No FIR was registered against the protestors when reports last came in.

The protestors were dispersed after a large contingent of police rushed to Singh’s residence in Rajapur area of the city. Neither Singh nor any member of his family was present at the residence during the incident.