The Allahabad High Court said on Tuesday that the death of Covid patients solely because there was no oxygen supply in hospitals was a criminal act and nothing less than genocide by those who have been given the task of ensuring the continuous supply and supply chain of medical fluid. oxygen.

“How can we let our people die in this way when the science is so advanced that even heart transplantation and brain surgery are taking place these days,” said an angry bench of Judges Siddhartha Varma and Ajit Kumar in the suo motu case concerning the management of Covid19 in UP.

The bench ordered district magistrates in Lucknow and Meerut to inquire within 48 hours of information showing the deaths of Covid patients due to lack of oxygen.

“Stories of oxygen cylinder storage and harassment inflicted on those poor citizens who demanded an oxygen cylinder to save the lives of their near and dear ones, both at the end of the district administration and the ‘police administration, are disseminated on social networks, “said the court.

He added that the news was that five patients had died in intensive care at a new Medical College trauma center, Meerut last Sunday also went viral. Likewise, the news that Sun Hospital, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow and another private hospital in Meerut had stopped treating patients admitted to Covid because no oxygen had been provided despite their request, had gone viral on the patients. social networks.

This information, the court said, showed a completely contrary image to that released by the government that there was sufficient oxygen.

The court also reprimanded the state electoral commission, which was before it for further “insisting” on the accuracy of the information that 135 teachers, Shiksha Mitras and investigators, who had been assigned to electoral duties, had died. because of Covid19.

“According to the recitals as they emerge from the letter of April 28, 2021, we note that the emphasis was placed more on the accuracy of the news of which we had become aware of justice than on the verification of the number of death, “the court said.

He warned the state electoral commission that any lack of freedom on his part on this issue would not be tolerated.

The court also summoned CCTV footage from designated counting areas and centers relating to Lucknow, Prayagraj, Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Ghaziabad, Meerut, Gautam Buddh Nagar and Agra, adding that while the commission itself finds from the footage of CCTV that there has been a flagrant violation of Covid-19 protocols and guidelines, he should come up with a plan of action in this regard.

The court was told that Covid protocols were flouted even during the counting of the Gram Panchayat election votes, that people gathered in large numbers at counting centers and election officials, and that the administration of police had failed to ensure compliance with Covid guidelines.

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This article first appeared in The booklet.