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Asad Rehman


Asad Rehman is a reporter based in Lucknow. He covers central and eastern Uttar Pradesh for The Indian Express. Follow his tweets @asad1_rehman

Oxygen notice: Lucknow hospital slapped with FIR, says will move Allahabad HC
Fri, May 07, 2021

On Thursday, the hospital administration, which had put up a notice on May 3 asking relatives to take away patients as it was facing oxygen shortage, said it would move the Allahabad High Court over the FIR.

Covid deaths due to oxygen shortage no less than genocide: Allahabad High Court
Wed, May 05, 2021

The court observed that “death of Covid patients just for non-supplying of oxygen to the hospitals is a criminal act and not less than a genocide” by those responsible for ensuring the continuous procurement and supply of medical oxygen.

Uttar Pradesh: Lack of oxygen killed patients, allege kin; govt rebuts charge
Fri, Apr 30, 2021

A district official leading an inquiry into the matter claimed that prima facie it seems the deaths were caused by other reasons.

Uttar Pradesh: As testing drops, so do new cases, but infection rate remains high
Fri, Apr 30, 2021

While the decline in daily Covid-19 cases may have come as a welcome sign, the drop in corresponding tests meant that the positivity rate stood high, even touching a high of 18% on April 26 and April 27.

Gorakhpur & Prayagraj: As a battered health system creaks, people left high & dry
Fri, Apr 30, 2021

According to the government data, Gorakhpur’s active caseload was 9,473 on Wednesday. In 24 hours, 1,045 new cases and 11 deaths were reported from the district, taking the toll to 430.

Allahabad High Court steps in: Judicial officers will track ‘chaotic’ situation in UP
Wed, Apr 28, 2021

The court said that “those in power must shun the attitude of ‘my way or no way’ and should welcome suggestions from all the quarters”.

UP struggles: ‘Made several calls, could not get bed for wife’
Mon, Apr 26, 2021

In the last six days, the number of active cases increased by 74,072, but the state could add just 8,521 additional patients in the hospitals.

Gorakhpur hospital pulls plug on oxygen supply, 3 patients dead
Sun, Apr 25, 2021

The hospital’s owner claimed the oxygen supply was stopped with the consent of the families of the three, and added that doctors “chose to save lives of younger patients”.

UP: Hospital owner booked after judge claims he was denied treatment
Fri, Apr 23, 2021

Circle Officer (Kalyanpur) Dinesh Shukla confirmed that the case was lodged after a complaint was received from the CMO. “We have lodged the case, and probe is on,” said the officer.

Grappling with oxygen shortage, two UP hospitals ask kin to shift patients
Thu, Apr 22, 2021

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced that from now oxygen cylinders would be given to people only if they have doctors’ prescriptions and Aadhar cards.

Lucknow: Hospital bed shortage leaves patients and kin in the lurch
Thu, Apr 22, 2021

The Indian Express finds several hospitals on government list unreachable or full.

Lucknow woman dies, Covid positive kin say got no aid from admn
Wed, Apr 21, 2021

The woman's husband Anurag Shukla (52) and children - Atharwi Shukla (28), and Utkarsh Shukla (23) - are also Covid positive, sources said.

Crematoriums, graveyards spill over, beds falling short in Lucknow
Sat, Apr 17, 2021

The district has reported more than 5,000 daily new cases over the past several days; the active caseload crossed 40,000 on Friday.

Now, petition seeks ASI survey of Agra, Mathura mosques
Fri, Apr 16, 2021

The plea filed on Wednesday cites last week’s order by a Varanasi court to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to conduct a “comprehensive archaeological physical survey” of the Kashi Vishwanath Temple-Gyanvapi Mosque complex.

Allahabad High Court: Look into lockdown in districts with high cases
Wed, Apr 14, 2021

In its order, the court observed that a night curfew “is a very small step”, which can curb night parties and large religious congregation in the coming month of Ramzan and Navratri.

With Baba Saheb Vahini, Akhilesh’s Dalit outreach gains pace ahead of 2022 elections
Mon, Apr 12, 2021

This came a day after the Opposition party announced a frontal organisation named the Baba Saheb Vahini to work for the uplift of Dalits.

Kashi Vishwanath vs Gyanvapi Mosque: Court orders ASI to survey disputed site
Fri, Apr 09, 2021

The Sunni Central Waqf Board and the Anjuman Intejamiya Masjid, which had objected to the petition, said they will approach a higher court against the order.

Rape charges & anti-conversion law not invoked against my daughter’s assailant, alleges Deoria man
Thu, Apr 08, 2021

The accused has not been arrested yet by the police, according to whom the 16-year-old girl told the magistrate that she had married the 26-year-old of her own accord.

Allahabad HC rejects PFI activist’s bail plea, says freedom of speech not absolute
Wed, Apr 07, 2021

Rejecting the anticipatory bail application of PFI member Mohammad Nadeem, Justice Chandra Dhari Singh observed that someone who takes the risk of “dissemination of blasphemous messages is not entitled to get the discretion of the Court exercised in his favour”.

Three men demanding action against Kerala nuns arrested in Jhansi
Sat, Apr 03, 2021

They allegedly harassed the nuns on a train last month, but no case has been filed yet in that incident

Two held for role in forcing nuns off train
Fri, Apr 02, 2021

The two held have been identified as Anchal Arjariya and Purgesh Amariya. Arjariya's social media profile describes him as an office-bearer of VHP and Hindu Jagran Manch, and a member of the Gau Raksha Samiti.

Nuns in complaint: ‘ABVP members tried to strike conversation, then called aides’
Sun, Mar 28, 2021

Videos of the incident on social media show the Railway personnel and some unidentified men questioning the nuns inside the coach, and asking a postulant for her Aadhaar card.

UP: 8 cops booked for murder after man dies in custody, kin allege police torture
Sun, Mar 28, 2021

Zia-ud-din was allegedly picked up by Ambedkar Nagar SWAT team between Wednesday and Thursday when he had gone to meet his relatives. The family of the deceased has alleged that he died due to police torture.

Nuns forced off train: Railway Police initiates probe; VHP leader who alerted cops says did no wrong
Fri, Mar 26, 2021

The ABVP members had allegedly falsely accused the women of engaging in forced religious conversion.

Nuns forced off train; Shah promises action after protest by Kerala CM
Thu, Mar 25, 2021

The incident, which occurred at Jhansi station on March 19, was brought to light in a video that showed the women being heckled, prompting a wave of outrage across Kerala from where the nuns are -- and an assurance from Union Home Minister Amit Shah.