AAP demands murder charges against Yogi

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Monday stated that the firm entrusted with supplying liquid oxygento Gorakhpur’s Baba Raghav Das (BRD) Medical College in Gorakhpur had informed Uttar Pradesh (UP) Chief Minister’s office about the pending dues in April itself. Scores of children at the hospital recently died within 48 hours, reportedly due to an interrupted oxygen supply.

The party demanded that murder charges be slapped against UP CM Yogi Adityanath and top officials for the tragedy. “The agency had flagged the issue of the college owing a huge amount — around Rs 67 lakh— to it with the CMO in April. The agency sent as many as eight reminders,” AAP leader Sanjay Singh said. The reminders were sent on April 6, 17, May 2, 16, June 13, July 6, 18, and 31, he added.

Singh also shared and quoted letters from the agency Director Manish Bhandari to UP Medical Education Minister Ashutosh Tandon, dated August 9, and stated: “The UP government, however, has been claiming that the shortage of oxygen was not responsible for the death of at least 30 infants at the state-run facility.”

The agency clearly wrote that the round-the-clock availability of oxygen through the facility’s central pipeline was crucial for patients of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome or other life-threatening diseases, the AAP leader said.

“It was a criminal act. There is no doubt that the children died due to the government’s criminal negligence. Cases of murder should be registered against the CM, Health Minister, and other top officials involved,” he said.

“The UP government talks about temples, ambulances for cows. The Prime Minister has all the time to tweet about happenings around the world, but has no time to spare a word on the Gorakhpur tragedy,” he added.