Gorakhpur, Aug 13: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath addressed the media on Sunday after visiting Gorakhpur’s Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital, where the death toll reached over 70 following as 11 more succumbed to encephalitis, and claimed those found guilty won’t be spared. “Not just in Gorakhpur but across Uttar Pradesh, if any death is caused due to the negligence of the hospital authorities, the government will take strong action against those responsible,” an emotional Adityanath said. He also said that a thorough probe into the tragedy is the need of the hour.

Asserting that the Centre stands with the state government, Adityanath said that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi is very concerned and hence, has sent Union Health Minister JP Nadda to take the stock of the situation.

“The Centre has also sent a team of doctors from Delhi to shoulder the responsibility of local doctors. This was my fourth visit to the BRD medical college after becoming the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. Our campaign against encephalitis has been running for quite some time,” he added.

The Chief Minister also claimed that the Uttar Pradesh government is constantly in touch with all the authorities, seeking a solution to the menace caused by encephalitis.

Claiming that nobody can be more sensitive towards those children than him, Adityanath urged the reporters to report the facts. “Reporters and photographers will have access to hospital wards so that they report facts as they are,” the CM was quoted as saying. He further added that the UP government is waiting for the report of the committee while requesting everybody to do the same.

Further slamming the opposition and critiques for politicizing the issue, Adityanath said, “Those whose sensitivity has died are now trying to add salt to the wound by raising the sensitive issue unnecessarily. I will request you all to at least try and know real facts.”

On the other hand, JP Nadda said the Centre has approved Rs 85 crore for setting up a central Viral Research Centre in Gorakhpur. “The approval for a Central-level Viral Research Centre has been given. The research centre will be set up in Gorakhpur to help in finding out the real problems of the vector borne diseases in the areas of eastern UP and will help in finding a permanent solution. For this purpose the Centre will release Rs 85 crore,” he said.

Congress Demands Yogi Adityanath’s Resignation

Calling the Gorakhpur children tragedy ‘cold-blooded murder’, Congress’s Raj Babbar on Sunday sought the resignation of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath while asking the government to pay Rs 1 crore as compensation to the kin of deceased. The UP Congress chief also rapped Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh over Singh’s ‘August-death’ comment ‘children die every August’.

Sitaram Yechury calls tragedy an act of criminal negligence

CPI(M) chief Sitaram Yechury called the tragedy an act of criminal negligence and sought action against those responsible. He said, “Criminal negligence. Sixty-three children died due to lack of oxygen. People must be made accountable.”

Principal of the BRD Medical College suspended

The Principal of the BRD Medical College RK Mishra was suspended on Saturday by the government for alleged negligence and callousness. Dr PK Singh, Principal of Rajkiya Medical College, Ambedkar Nagar, has been given additional charge of BRD Medical College.