BRD's suspended principal & wife held, 7 accused still on run

Gorakhpur children deaths: UP STF arrests BRD Medical College Principal, wife

Gorakhpur children deaths: UP STF arrests BRD Medical College Principal, wife

42 children have died in the last 48 hours at the hospital, of which seven deaths were due to Encephalitis, P.K. Singh, the principal of Baba Raghav Das (B.R.D.) Medical College, Gorakhpur said on Wednesday. He has also been charged with leaving the district headquarters ignoring the media reports regarding deaths at the hospital instead of handling the emergency situation at the medical college.

The infamous hospital is already under scanner for deaths of over 70 infants in a week in the month of July.

The suspended principal Rajiv Mishra was arrested along with his wife Purnima from Kanpur.

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The FIR stated that the breach in fulfilling the responsibility of supplying oxygen on the part of the Pushpa Sales comes under the section of criminal negligence, as they were informed of the depleting stock of liquid oxygen by the hospital staff.

Tuesday's police action has come in response to the FIR which was lodged by medical education and training director general KK Gupta against nine persons at Hazratganj police station in state capital Lucknow on August 23 and later transferred to Gorakhpur on August 24.

The deaths triggered a nationwide outcry and chief minister Yogi Adityanath, found himself on the back foot, especially since Gorakhpur happened to be his Lok Sabha constituency.

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Principal Rajiv Mishra and his wife Purnima were also accused of corruption in the FIR.

Others have been accused of neglecting their respective duties in anticipation of bribe that resulted in deaths. While the Gorakhpur district magistrate's probe report admitted disruption in Oxygen supply, another official report held the hospital administration responsible for the tragedy.

The Uttar Pradesh government had on August 12 suspended Mishra for "negligent behaviour".

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