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Guv steps in, orders probe

GOVERNOR TV Rajeswar today ordered an inquiry into the circumstances leading to the death of King George?s Medical University (KGMU) student Deepak Agarwal.

india Updated: Jan 14, 2006 01:31 IST

GOVERNOR TV Rajeswar today ordered an inquiry into the circumstances leading to the death of King George’s Medical University (KGMU) student Deepak Agarwal.

A Raj Bhawan communiqué said the inquiry committee to be headed by former chief secretary VK Saxena had been asked to submit its report within a month.

Other members of the committee include Professor AM Kar, head of Department of Neurology of KGMU and Dr AK Baroniya, HoD Critical Care Unit Medicine of SGPGI. OSD Governor’s secretariat RK Saxena has been appointed convener of the committee.

Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, meanwhile, has sanctioned Rs 5 lakh as compensation to Deepak’s family. An announcement in this regard was made after the KGMU students took out a march and made attempts to meet the chief minister to press for the demand for compensation.

As per the communiqué, the governor has given five points of reference to the committee. It has been asked to inquire whether Deepak was given adequate and timely medical attention and treatment, why were the ventilators of trauma centre not functioning, what efforts were made by the university administration to make these ventilators functional, whether the KGMU is well equipped for meeting situations of emergency and what steps should be taken to equip KGMU Lucknow with sufficient infrastructure and other facilities to meet life threatening situations? The committee has also been asked to inquire into other relevant aspects of the incident.

First Published: Jan 14, 2006 01:31 IST