The disease has so far killed several thousand children in last three decades with 2005 being the worst in which over 1,500 children had died drawing global attention.
According to Hindustan Times, the oxygen supply at the medical college was allegedly stopped after the suppliers' bill of Rs 67 lakh was not cleared. On Wednesday, the liquid oxygen tanks had gone empty and the supplied oxygen cylinders had got exhausted.
Health minister Singh condoled the deaths and promised to punish anyone found guilty. Rahul held BJP government responsible for the tragic incident and demanded action.
Terming the death of children as unfortunate, UP Congress President Raj Babbar said, "It shows the insensitivity of the the state government". Around 200 children were still undergoing treatment there.
However, the hospital's Chief Medical Superintendent RS Shukla rejected the reports.
"The District Magistrate has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident". However, he didn't confirm the reason. As per reports, 59 children were admitted in the ICU out of which 30 died in last two days.
A report claims that the there was frequent disruption of oxygen supply to the patients for an entire night. He has requested suppliers not to disrupt supply.
# Maximum deaths were reported from the Neonatal and Encephalitis wards.
Citing a break-up of casualties since August 7, he said 60 children died of various diseases during the period in the hospital's paediatric department. In a tweet on twitter platform, he also expressed hopelessness due to the deaths of over 50000 childrens, since encephalitis first case was diagnosed in 1978.
"On Thursday night, I came to know that oxygen supply in the hospital is disrupted, but hospital arranged alternative supply of oxygen cylinders, and I have talked to doctors of the hospital, and they claim that no death occurred due to disruption of oxygen supply".
BRD is the largest hospital in Gorakhpur district, the parliamentary constituency of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.