Gorakhpur hospital tragedy: Uttar Pradesh Police makes sixth arrest, nabs clerk of BRD Medical College

UP Police on Tuesday arrested a clerk of the BRD Medical College, taking to six the number of those held in connection with the death of dozens of children in Gorakhpur.

PTI September 12, 2017 20:07:12 IST
Gorakhpur hospital tragedy: Uttar Pradesh Police makes sixth arrest, nabs clerk of BRD Medical College

Gorakhpur: The Uttar Pradesh Police on Tuesday arrested a clerk of the BRD Medical College, taking to six the number of those held in connection with the death of dozens of children in the state-run hospital last month.

Gorakhpur Senior Superintendent of Police Anirudh Sidhartha Pankaj said that clerk Sanjay Tripathi was arrested from the Cantonment police station area and produced in an anti-corruption court.

He was sent to a 14-day judicial custody.

Gorakhpur hospital tragedy Uttar Pradesh Police makes sixth arrest nabs clerk of BRD Medical College

File image of doctors examining children in the AES ward in BRD medical college in Gorakhpur. PTI

With Tuesday's arrest, the police have managed to nab six of the nine accused named in the FIR filed in this case.

Sudhir Pandey, also a clerk, was arrested from near the Khajanchi Chowk area last week.

On Tuesday, Dr Satish, the former head of the anesthesia department at the Baba Raghav Das Medical (BRD) College, had surrendered himself before the anti-corruption court.

On 2 September, ex-chief of the encephalitis wing in the hospital Dr Kafeel Khan was arrested, while the Special Task Force of UP police had arrested ex-principal Rajiv Mishra and his wife Purnima Shukla on 29 August.

Mishra was suspended as principal of the medical college on 12 August after the deaths were reported. He had resigned the same day taking moral responsibility.

A committee headed by Chief Secretary Rajive Kumar probing the Gorakhpur tragedy had recommended initiating criminal action against Mishra, Dr Satish, Dr Khan and Pushpa Sales, the supplier of oxygen cylinders.

There were allegations that the deaths occurred due to a disruption in oxygen supply over unpaid bills to the vendor.

The state government had vehemently denied that shortage of oxygen led to the deaths.

Mishra was accused of sitting over the issue of payments to the vendor supplying oxygen to the hospital.

More than 60 children, mostly infants, had died at the hospital within a week last month.

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