After a video surfaced of a ‘mock drill’ at Shri Paras Hospital in Agra during which oxygen supply was allegedly cut for five minutes, leaders of the opposition Congress party staged a demonstration outside the hospital.
Leaders of the opposition Congress party staged a demonstration outside Shri Paras Hospital in Agra. (Photo: India Today/Abhishek Anand)
Leaders of the opposition Congress party staged a protest outside Shri Paras Hospital in Agra and demanded the arrest of hospital owner Dr Arinjay Jain. They used the slogan ‘maut ka saudagar’ (merchant of death) to describe Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
This comes a few days after a video went viral in which Dr Jain of Shri Paras Hospital can be seen describing a ‘mock drill’ at the hospital during which oxygen supply was allegedly shut down for five minutes.
In the video, Dr Jain mentions that 22 patients showed severe hypoxia symptoms during the mock drill and their hands and feet turned blue. It has been alleged that these 22 patients later died and their deaths were covered up.
After the incident came to light, senior Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra took to Twitter to raise questions on the UP government’s intentions in bringing the culprits in the mock drill incident to justice.
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National Students Union of India leader Apoorv Sharma demanded that Dr Jain be booked for murder and tried at a fast-track court. Earlier on Tuesday, the district administration had sealed the hospital and registered a case under the Epidemic Diseases Act against the hospital owner.
The ‘mock drill of death’ incident, as it is being called now, has added fuel to the fire of political turmoil in the state ahead of the 2022 assembly election.
OXYGEN SHORTAGE IN AGRA
However, Agra district magistrate Prabhu N Singh rubbished “political jousting over the incident” and re-asserted that there had been no oxygen shortage at any hospital in Agra during April and May. Further, he said that the allegation of 22 deaths in one day at Shri Paras Hospital was misleading and reeked of mischief.
On the other hand, local Congress leader and former city Congress president Upendra Singh Lovely told India Today that more than 24 hospitals had posted notices about lack of oxygen on April 26 and 27. He said that all these Covid hospitals should undergo oxygen audits for that time and an actual death count so that it is known how many people died of non-availability of oxygen.
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