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Deaths from oxygen shortage nothing less than genocide: HC | India News


PRAYAGRAJ: Expressing its strong displeasure at the deaths of Covid patients allegedly due to the shortage of medical oxygen in Uttar Pradesh, the Allahabad High Court said on Tuesday that the authorities responsible for obtaining and supplying gas are committing criminal acts which are “no less than genocide.”
While listening to a PIL suo motu in the media reports that Covid patients had died in Lucknow and Meerut due to lack of oxygen, a bench by Judge Siddhartha Varma and Judge Ajit Kumar said: “It pains us to observe that the death of Covid patients just from lack of oxygen supply to hospitals is a criminal act and no less than genocide by those who have been entrusted with the task of ensuring the continued procurement and supply chain of the liquid medical oxygen “.
Lucknow and Meerut district magistrates are ordered to investigate the deaths in their districts within 48 hours and submit reports on the next hearing on 7 May.
Amid allegations that Covid protocol was not followed during the counting of votes at the panchayat polls in the state, the court also ordered the state electoral commission to produce CCTV images of various counting centers for the next hearing date. . He said that in case the SEC finds a clear violation of the Covid protocol in the images, it should come up with an action plan.
The court also took note of the death of a sitting judge of the higher court due to Covid-19 and noted: “We have been informed that the late Judge VK Srivastava was initially admitted on the morning of April 23, 2021 to the Hospital. Ram Manohar Lohia., Lucknow, but was not seen until the evening and it was only around 7.30 pm that his condition deteriorated that he was placed on a ventilator. It was on the same night that he was transferred to the Sanjay Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences Gandhi (SGPGIMS), Lucknow, where he was in ICU for five days and eventually succumbed to the infection. ”
The HC ordered the state attorney to submit an affidavit stating the treatment given to the late Judge VK Srivastava at RML Hospital and also to explain why he was not immediately taken to SGPGIMS, Lucknow immediately on the morning of April 23rd.

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