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UP Govt. hiding facts, can't trust current probe: Akhilesh on Gorakhpur tragedy

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Netas on Gorakhpur hospital tragedy When and what they said

Just a handful of days after a deadly tragedy in a Gorakhpur hospital, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has asked the state police to celebrate Janmashtami in a grand way.

11 children died on August 12 and, until Friday, the death toll stood at 60.

The state government has, however, denied that the children died due to shortage of oxygen.

Shergill said the hands of the Uttar Pradesh government were bloodied with the deaths.

The oxygen levels, the family says, dipped on August 10, too, and described the chaotic scenes at the hospital, where many wondered how so many babies were dying. "Prime Minister has also sent Union Health Minister JP Nadda to take cognizance of the situation", Adityanath said.

He said that according to reports from the paediatric department of the hospital, 60 children died due to various diseases since August 7. He also sought a probe by the Special Investigation Team into the matter.

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State health minister Sidhartha Nath Singh and minister for medical education Ashutosh Tondon visited the hospital on Saturday.

Visiting the government-run hospital, which falls in his parliamentary constituency Gorakhpur, which he has been representing for two decades, along with Union Health Minister J P Nadda, Adityanath said the government was waiting for a report of the probe committee.

Local media have claimed that some of the deaths were due to a shortage of oxygen which occurred after a supplier withdrew equipment as a result of unpaid bills. "Cases of murder should be registered against the chief minister, health minister and other top officials involved", he said. However, the state government has since changed its narrative, now producing various natural reasons for the deaths like acute encephalitis syndrome and claiming that the number of those who died isn't outside the "normal".

The incident sparked a national outcry, with opposition parties demanding the resignation of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The rash of deaths, which the Independent reports began last Monday, has led to the suspension of the head of the hospital in Uttar Pradesh state, and it's also spurred a string of questions and finger-pointing.

Rautela said that the hospital owed 6.8 million rupees (£81,900) to the company, but added that it had adequate numbers of oxygen cylinders.

In an effort to meet medical needs in the region - and ease local tensions - the Indian government has promised to set up a medical center to study and treat ailments affecting children.

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