Former Indian pacer Rudra Pratap Singh was grief stricken to hear about the death of more than 60 children in Gorakhpur and he demanded an investigation into the case. Taking to his twitter handle, RP Singh wrote, “Heartbreaking to hear about the death of innocent children in #Ghorakhpur. Investigation should be done. Condolences with their families.”
Heartbreaking to hear about the death of innocent children in #Ghorakhpur . Investigation should be done. Condolences with their families ??
— R P Singh (@RpSingh99) August 12, 2017
Around 30 children died within 48 hours at Gorakhpur’s BRD Medical College and the reason will surprise you. Apparently, a private contractor had stopped supplying oxygen cylinders due to a dispute over payment. Despite pressing 90 jumbo cylinders the hospital again ran out of oxygen at 1 am.
Around 50 more oxygen was bought at around 3:30 am which also ran out by 7:30 am. Of the 73 patients, 54 of them was in ventilator when the oxygen supply was disrupted by 7:30 pm. A day after the death of 30 children was reported, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had asked his two of his ministers including the state health minister to visit the city and submit a report on the mishap.
The death toll has now gone up to 63 and all the deaths have been blamed due to infections and shortage of oxygen supply. However, the hospital authorities denied these allegations and said there was no shortage of oxygen supply.
Meanwhile, RP Singh has been enjoying his time out of the field and last played a competitive match way back in January this year. He last appeared for India in the 2011 series in England where India was whitewashed by a 0-4 margin. He could never become a consistent bowler for India but impressed one and all with his pace and ability to swing the ball both ways.
He made his ODI debut in 2005 followed by his Test debut a year later. He was a stand-out performer for India during the inaugural season of the ICC World Twenty20 and bagged 12 wickets in 7 clashed at a sensational average of 12. It was his sensational spell in the final which helped India clinch a nail-biting thriller despite being pushed to a corner at one stage. While he has bagged 40 Test wickets, he also has 69 ODI wickets to his kitty.
India’s opening batsman Gautam Gambhir and leg-spinner Amit Mishra too spoke their heart out on Twitter on the unfortunate incident and demanded some strong steps to be taken at the earliest.
It's been decades since Independence and innocent children are losing their lives due to shortage of facilities. Shameful!#GorakhpurTragedy
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) August 12, 2017
Deeply saddened by the demise of so many innocent lives at Gorakhpur.Very painful. My heart goes out to the parents who lost their children?
— Amit Mishra (@MishiAmit) August 12, 2017