The Allahabad High Court said the deaths due to non-supply of oxygen were ‘no less than genocide’ because many hospitals run low with the risk of life-saving gas.
A court in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has ruled that the death of a Kovid-19 patient due to lack of oxygen is “nothing less than a criminal act and genocide”.
The second wave of the epidemic had a devastating effect on India which saw the oxygen supply running dangerously low and the crematoriums operating non-stop.
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Oxygen deficiency deaths ‘no less than genocide’
The Allahabad High Court said that “the death of CVD patients due to non-supply of oxygen to hospitals alone is a criminal act and those responsible for ensuring continuous collection and supply of medical oxygen are no less than genocide.”
The court directed the district magistrates of Lucknow and Meerut to verify the reports of patients who died due to lack of oxygen within 48 hours.
“We receive these news items showing the opposite of what the government claims is an adequate supply of oxygen,” the court order said.
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