Gorakhpur, Aug 12: The death toll in the Gorakhpur tragedy rose to 63 on Saturday after an 11-year-old child suffering from encephalitis died at the state-run Baba Raghav Das Medical College. Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh and Minister for Technical and Medical Education Ashutosh Tandon will meet CM Yogi Adityanath over the incident. After the meeting, both are expected to visit the BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur.
Earlier on Friday, the Congress said that strict action should be taken against those responsible for the incident. “This is the time the state government should stand up for its citizen and prove them that we all are one,” a Congress leader was quoted as saying.
The former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav expressed grief on the incident and while lashing out at the Yogi Adityanath-led government in the state, he demanded a strict action against the government. He took to Twitter and posted, “Families of the dead were sent off with the bodies, they did not even do autopsies… extremely unfortunate”.
Meanwhile, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday expressed deep shock at the tragic incident. Sonia Gandhi said, “My heart goes out to the families of the innocent children who fell prey to gross negligence and incorrigible misconduct on the part of the authorities.” She urged the Uttar Pradesh government to take immediate cognisance of the crime and bring the culprits to book. She also called upon the state Congress workers to provide relief to the families of victims.
Meanwhile, Rahul took to his Twitter page and said “Deeply pained. My thoughts are with the families of the victims. BJP govt is responsible and should punish the negligent, who caused this tragedy (sic).”
Notably, the District Magistrate Rajeev Rautela said that an inquiry committee has been set up to ascertain the exact causes of the deaths and it has been asked to submit its report by tomorrow evening. He also said that alternative arrangements had been made from neighbouring Sant Kabir Nagar district to ensure availability of liquid oxygen for the hospital. At present, there are 50 oxygen cylinders and 100 to 150 more will be reaching soon.