Gorakhpur tragedy: Speaking at an event in Lucknow on Saturday evening, Adityanath maintained his stand that there was no shortage of oxygen at the hospital and reasoned that had it been so, then the kids on the ventilator would have died first.
Kafeel Khan has been lodged in a Gorakhpur jail since September 2, 2017, after being arrested on charges of criminal conspiracy, attempt to commit culpable homicide and criminal breach of trust by public servant, among others.
In a letter from jail, dated April 18 and released to the media by Khan’s wife Shabista at the Press Club of India on Saturday, the paediatrician wrote that he was on sanctioned leave on August 10, 2017, when news reached him about the deaths, and he “rushed” to the hospital.
The Allahabad High Court had on February 13 rejected the bail petition of Manish Bhandari, saying, "the court is inclined to accept the submission that custodial interrogation of the accused may still be warranted and it would not be appropriate to grant him bail at this stage".
More than 60 children had died at Gorakhpur's Baba Raghav Das Medical College within a week in August, 2017. There were allegations that the deaths occurred due to disruption in oxygen supply over unpaid bills to the vendor.
Between August 7 and August 11 in 2017 over 60 children had died at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College in Gorakhpur. Initially it was reported that the deaths were caused because the hospital had run out of oxygen supply for the patients.