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Gorakhpur tragedy: Head of hospital’s anesthesia department surrenders

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Gorakhpur (UP): The head of the anesthesia department of BRD hospital at Gorakhpur, surrendered on Monday in a local court related to the death of many children at the hospital in August.

Anesthesia Department head Dr Satish Kumar is accused of doing nothing when over 60 children died at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College and Hospital in Gorakhpur within weeks in August due to alleged shortage of oxygen supply.

He was accused of leaving the hospital and district headquarters during the incident.

“Dr Satish surrendered in the anti-corruption. We will seek his remand for interrogation,” Anirudh Sidhartha Pankaj, the senior superintendent of police, Gorakhpur, said.

Former college Principal Rajiv Mishra, his wife Dr Purnima, Dr Kafeel Khan, and clerk Sudhir Pandey have already been arrested in the case and are in judicial custody.

All the four doctors are charged with dereliction of duty and corruption for seeking commission for clearance to pending payments for oxygen supply company Pushpa Sales Private Ltd.

They were also accused of not informing their superiors of impending oxygen shortage.

The ex-Principal has been charged with allowing funds of Rs 2.5 crore to lapse in 2016-17 as he was seeking commission.

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