The Uttar Pradesh government, led by Yogi Adityanath, cancelled Paras Hospital's licence on Wednesday after a viral video showed the hospital's owner stating that he had cut the oxygen supply during a raging Covid surge. The purported video gone viral on social media claiming that 22 lives were lost due to 'mock oxygen drill'.
"We were told that even the Chief Minister cannot get oxygen, so start discharging patients. Modi Nagar is dry. We started counseling families. Some were willing to listen but the others said they would not leave. I said ok let's do a mock drill. We will find out who will die and who will survive. So we did that at 7 am. A mock drill was done. No one knows. Then we identified 22 patients. We realised they would die. This was done for 5 minutes. They started turning blue," Arinjay Jain, the owner of Shree Paras Hospital, can be purportedly heard saying in the 1.5-minute audio clip from April 28.
The Uttar Pradesh government had ordered an inquiry into the incident after outrage.