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Due to alleged disruption in the supply of liquid oxygen in the hospital, as many as 63 lives have been lost so far. The issue of settlement of the pending money is what costed the lives of little ones.

Gorakhpur DM Rajeev Rautela said that the cause of the deaths at the BRD Hospital was the disruption in the supply of liquid oxygen and further appealed to the suppliers to not cut the supply henceforth.

In a tweet 6 hours ago from the time of publication of this report, the office of the UP CM said that Yogi Adityanath had directed his officials to probe the incident and take strict action against the responsible employees at the medical college.

Meanwhile, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday expressed her deep shock at the tragic death of children.

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav accused the Yogi Adityanath government of covering up the facts.

Stating that the dealer claimed that his dues were cleared only on August 11, Tandon said, "Why was there a delay in payment, why the supply of oxygen was stopped - these aspects will be probed by the panel". "Those responsible will not be spared", said State Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh who has been directed by Adityanath to look into the matter.

The Press Trust of India, though, ran a Union home ministry statement quoting the Gorakhpur police superintendent, who blamed the deaths of 21 children on a shortage of oxygen.

He added that the deaths "could be (due to) natural (causes), as many patients admitted at the hospital are serious".

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday dispatched two Cabinet Ministers to the hospital. Hospital illegally charged 60 lakh rupees for the oxygen supply. 3000 odd deaths are among 50000 children that got killed in eastern Uttar Pradesh over the past three decades.

According to hospital records, 7 children died on Friday, 23 died on Thursday, 9 on Wednesday, and 12 on Tuesday, 9 on Monday.

However he gave no reason for the deaths.

Atleast 60 children, newborn babies among them, have died over the past 5 days in a hospital in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh in what appears to be a case of medical negligence. "But the firm said they have not received the payment".

Most deaths were reported from the neonatal and encephalitis wards. "Yes, sixty patients have died at the hospital in the last five days but we don't think it's linked to reports of oxygen shortage", Anil Kumar, Gorakhpur's divisional commissioner told AFP.


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