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22 Indians die as doctor snaps oxygen supply

Indian doctor in the viral video is saying that he snapped oxygen supply from dozens of patients to check if they can survive.

At least 22 patients allegedly died in a ‘mock oxygen drill’ performed by a doctor in Agra Hospital. The viral video shows a man briefing about the incident.

The man snapped the oxygen supply of COVID patients for 5 mins. 22 of them died gasping for oxygen while three died. He said he was doing an experiment. “They turned blue in 5 minutes,” the man can be heard saying in the video.

The authorities have ordered probe after the video went viral; however, the incident took place in April.

According to Hindustan Times, the man in the video is Arinjay Jain, owner of Paras Hospital. The man said that the hospital feared oxygen shortage and decided to conduct a mock drill to check who all were critical.

Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi demanded strict action against those responsible for the reported death due to a shortage of oxygen. “There is an acute shortage of oxygen and humanity in BJP rule. There should be strict action against those responsible for this heinous crime. My condolences are with the family members of the deceased in this hour of grief,” Gandhi said in a tweet.

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