Health Minister Sidhartha Nath Singh said the government had released funds on August 5, but Mishra cleared the payment on August 11, after the deaths of at least 60 children over five days this month.
"Whosoever is found guilty in the tragic and painful incident at Baba Raghav Das Medical College in Gorakhpur will certainly face stringent action", deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya told reporters In Lucknow on Saturday. "Now they have launched an operation cover-up by ordering a Chief Secretary level-probe", Shergill said. BRD medical hospital is under chief minister Yogi Adityanath's.
Notwithstanding the denials of the state government, a preliminary report by the district magistrate said that there was a "breakdown" in the oxygen supply on Thursday night.
Another child succumbed to encephalitis on Sunday, taking the death toll over 70.
However, he gave no reason for the deaths. But then why has the BRD medical college hospital principal have been suspended?
Two days back, UP CM Yogi Adityanath had visited the hospital that falls under his Lok Sabha constituency.
The state's top health official admitted there had been a problem in the pipeline supplying oxygen, but added that the hospital managed the situation via its plentiful supply of oxygen cylinders.
He also asked why the autopsies were not carried out on the children who died in the city hospital. "Assure you, if anyone's negligence caused death of a person, in any part of UP, he won't be spared", he added.
By the morning, when children had started gasping for breath, Khan instructed his junior doctors to pump oxygen with Ambu bags (small pumps used manually to aid breathing). Hence there was no oxygen shortage.
Shergill said the hands of the Uttar Pradesh government were bloodied with the deaths.
After the news of the incident broke out Gupta, who was the first to reaches at the Gorakhpur hospital, he said seven deaths were reported and most of these because of illness.