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24 patients die in Karnataka, CM orders inquiry

A file photo of Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediurappa. Photo: Karnataka BJP

Bengaluru, May 3 (MNN) At least 24 patients died in Chamarajanagar district of Karnataka, allegedly due to oxygen supply issues from the morning of May 2 till this morning.

Chief Minister BS Yediurappa on Monday ordered an inquiry to “prevent recurrence of such incidents in future”, even as the opposition Congress lay the blame on the Indian government whom it accused of “lying repeatedly” on the oxygen supply issue.

“I have ordered an inquiry into the matter and strict action will be taken at the earliest against those responsible. We will also ensure that such an incident is never repeated,” the Chief Minister tweeted.

Earlier, he tweeted that he was deeply pained and shocked by the loss of lives at the Chamarajnagara district hospital, which is around 175 km from the state capital.

“I express my heartfelt condolences to the family members. The government stands firmly with the bereaved families in their hour of grief.”

A senior district official confirmed the deaths — 23 at a government facility and one at private institute but said it can’t be said how many died due to lack of oxygen.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted: “Died or Killed? My heartfelt condolences to their families. How much more suffering before the ‘system’ wakes up?”

His party Congress claimed that the Modi government was “constantly lying while the lack of oxygen was killing a large number of people across the country.

“The government is messing with people’s lives for its image,” the party said.

In another tweet, the Congress alleged that deaths were occurring due to lack of oxygen from Uttar Pradesh to Karnataka, which was a hallmark of the “autocratic BJP’s misrule”.

“… and the Minister is shamelessly saying that there is no lack of oxygen. The arrogance of the BJP rule is overshadowing the life of the countrymen,” it added.

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