FIR against 9 for Gorakhpur deaths

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 25 Aug 2017 07:59:44



Former principal of Gorakhpur- based BRD Medical College Dr Rajiv Mishra, his wife Dr Purnima Shukla, and the proprietors of M/s Pushpa Sales are among those named in the FIR

A FIRST Information Report (FIR) has been registered against nine persons, including the former principal of Gorakhpur- based BRD Medical College, in connection with the deaths of over 60 children there due to alleged lack of oxygen supply, police said on Thursday.

The proprietors of M/s Pushpa Sales, the company responsible for the supply of liquid oxygen, have also been named in the FIR.
Besides, the State Government has transferred Additional Chief Secretary (Medical Education) Anita Bhatnagar Jain in connection with the tragedy, an official spokesperson said.
A probe committee, headed by the State Chief Secretary, had on Wednesday submitted its report on the deaths to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

“An FIR has been filed against nine persons including former principal Dr Rajiv Mishra, his wife Dr Purnima Shukla, Dr Kafeel Khan and the proprietors of M/s Pushpa Sales,” Additional Director General (ADG) (Lucknow Zone) Abhay Prasad told PTI.

The FIR was filed under various IPC sections relating to criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide and relevant provisions of the Anti Corruption Act by Director General, Medical Education, KK Gupta at the Hazratganj police station here, the ADG said.

The case has been transferred to Gorakhpur, he said.
The probe committee had recommended initiating criminal action against the then principal of the medical college, HoD Anaesthesia Paediatric department Dr Satish, in-charge of 100 -bed AES ward Dr Kafeel Khan and M/s Pushpa Sales.

The committee had also recommended action under the Prevention of Corruption Act against Dr Mishra, Dr Shukla, staff of the accounts department of the medical college and Chief pharmacist Gajanan Jaiswal.

It had also called for a special CAG audit of the medicines and chemicals purchased by the medical college in the past three years.