Gorakhpur: At least 42 children have died in the last 48 hours in Gorakhpur’s Baba Raghav Das Medical college, reports said.
The Uttar Pradesh government run-medical college cum hospital is already under the scanner for the death of at least 70 children earlier this month
PK Singh, the principal of the college was quoted by ANI news agency as saying, “42 children died in 48 hours of which seven died due to encephalitis, rest due to other reasons.”
The previous deaths were due to short supply of oxygen.
The suspended principal of BRD Medical College, Rajiv Mishra, was arrested by police along with his wife Purnima on Tuesday.
The couple was arrested by the Special Task Force (STF) of Uttar Pradesh police.
An FIR has also been lodged against nine people, including Mishra.
The others who have been named in the FIR are six other staffs from the hospital and two officials from Pushpa Sales Private Limited, the oxygen supplying agency.
Nine people have been charged for ‘deliberately not submitting the payment despite repeated written request by the supplier to the principal’.