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Deaths due to oxygen shortage no less than genocide: HC | India News – Times of India


PRAYAGRAJ: Expressing its sturdy displeasure over loss of life of Covid sufferers allegedly due to shortage of medical oxygen in Uttar Pradesh, the Allahabad excessive court docket on Tuesday stated the authorities answerable for procurement and provide of the gasoline are committing legal acts which can be “not less than a genocide”.
While listening to a suo motu PIL on media experiences that Covid sufferers had died in Lucknow and Meerut due to lack of oxygen, a bench of Justice Siddhartha Varma and Justice Ajit Kumar stated: “We are at pain in observing that death of Covid patients just for non-supply of oxygen to the hospitals is a criminal act and not less than a genocide by those who have been entrusted the task to ensure continuous procurement and supply chain of the liquid medical oxygen.”
The district magistrates of Lucknow and Meerut are directed to inquire concerning the deaths of their districts inside 48 hours and submit experiences on the following listening to, on May 7.
Amid allegations that Covid protocol was not adopted through the counting of votes within the panchayat polls within the state, the court docket additionally directed state election fee to produce CCTV footage of a number of counting centres by the following date of listening to. It stated in case the SEC itself finds clear violation of Covid protocol within the footage, it ought to give you an motion plan.
The bench additionally took discover of the loss of life of a sitting decide of the excessive court docket due to Covid-19 and noticed, “We have been informed that late Justice V K Srivastava was admitted initially in the morning of 23rd April, 2021 in Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Lucknow but he was not taken care of till evening and it was only around 7.30 pm when his condition deteriorated that he was placed on ventilator. It was on the same night that he was shifted to Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS), Lucknow, where he was in ICU for five days and ultimately succumbed to the infection.”
The HC directed the state counsel to file an affidavit bringing on document the remedy given to late Justice VK Srivastava at RML Hospital and likewise to clarify why he was not taken instantly to SGPGIMS, Lucknow instantly on the morning of April 23.

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