The Allahabad High Court termed the deaths of Kovid-19 patients as a criminal act due to lack of oxygen supply to hospitals, saying it was “nothing short of a massacre” by the authorities who were entrusted with the responsibility for its continuous supply.
Prayagraj (Uttar Pradesh) | In a stern comment, the Allahabad High Court termed the death of Kovid-19 patients as a criminal act due to lack of oxygen supply to hospitals, saying it was “nothing short of genocide” by officials who were entrusted with the responsibility for its continuous supply. The court gave this comment on the news going viral on social media, according to which Kovid-19 patients died in Lucknow and Meerut district due to lack of oxygen. The court has directed the District Magistrates of Lucknow and Meerut to conduct a factual inquiry within 48 hours.
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A bench of Justices Siddharth Verma and Justice Ajit Kumar gave this direction while hearing a PIL on the spread of infection in the state and the status of a separate habitat center. The court has asked both the district magistrates to present their investigation report on the next hearing of the case and be present online in the court. The court said, “We are sad to see that due to lack of oxygen supply to hospitals, Kovid patients are dying. It is a criminal act and it is nothing short of a massacre by those who are tasked with ensuring the continuous purchase and supply of liquid medical oxygen. ” The bench said, “When science has advanced so much that these days heart transplantation and brain surgery are being done, how can we allow our people to die in this way.” Usually we do not ask the state and district administration to check such news which has gone viral on social media, but the lawyers presented in this PIL are supporting such news, so we need the government to take steps in this regard immediately It is necessary to say.
During the hearing, the court was told that last Sunday, news of the death of five patients went viral on social media due to lack of oxygen in the ICU of the new trauma center of Meerut Medical College. Similarly, there is also news on social media of doctors making their own arrangements with Kovid patients due to lack of oxygen supply at Sun Hospital and another private hospital in Gomti Nagar, Lucknow. On the death of Allahabad High Court Judge VK Srivastava from infection, the court said, “We have been told that Justice Srivastava was admitted to the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in Lucknow on the morning of 23 April but was not taken care of till evening. As the condition worsened at 7:30 pm, he was put on ventilator and on the same night he was taken to SGPGI where he remained in ICU for five days and died prematurely from a corona infection. “The court told Additional Advocate General Manish Goyal That he should file an affidavit to explain the treatment of Justice Srivastava at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital and why he was not taken to SGPGI on 23 April itself. On illegally seized oxygen cylinders, Remedisvir injections / pills and oximeters kept in the consignment, the court said that keeping these items in the consignment is not in public interest in any way as they will all be spoiled.
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On this, Goyal said that he will take up this issue with the state government so that they can be properly utilized and they do not go waste. During the hearing, the court was told that during the counting of gram panchayat elections in the state, there was a huge violation of the Kovid guidelines. People gathered in large numbers at the counting venues and election officials and police remained mute spectators. On this, the court directed the State Election Commission to present CCTV footage of counting centers in Lucknow, Prayagraj, Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Ghaziabad, Meerut, Gautam Buddha Nagar and Agra on May 7, 2021, the next date of hearing. The court said, “We make it clear here that if the commission finds from the CCTV footage that there has been a clear violation of the Kovid protocol then it will submit an action plan in this regard.”
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