Gorakhpur tragedy: SC refuses to take cognisance, asks petitioner to move HC

RSTV Bureau
UP Police team Police inside the BRD Hospital for the investigation in Gorakhpur on Friday where at least 60 children died since the past few days, allegedly due to lack oxygen cylinders.

UP Police team Police inside the BRD Hospital for the investigation in Gorakhpur on Friday where at least 60 children died since the past few days, allegedly due to lack oxygen cylinders.

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to take suo moto cognisance of the recent deaths of babies at a government hospital at Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh.

The bench comprising Chief Justice JS Khehar and Justice DY Chandrachud asked the lawyer, who mentioned the issue before it, to approach the Allahabad High Court with his grievances.

The lawyer had also sought an SIT probe into the deaths of children at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College (BRD) hospital in Gorakhpur.

The court observed that the authorities were handling the situation and the grievances, if any, have to be raised before the high court concerned.

An inside view of a ward of Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital in Gorakhpur on Friday, where at least 60 children died since the past few days.

An inside view of a ward of Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital in Gorakhpur on Friday, where at least 60 children died since the past few days.

More than 60 children have reportedly died at BRD Medical College Hospital since August 7, many for want of oxygen whose supply was disrupted after bills were not paid to the vendor.

At least 30 children were reported to have died in the last two days alone. Many of the victims were infants who died in the neo-natal intensive care unit.

Two days ago, on August 12, the state government had ordered an official inquiry by the chief secretary and suspended the principal of the Medical College Hospital.

(With inputs from PTI)