Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Monday visited the BRD Medical College here and met grieving families of the over 60 children who have died in the past week due to lack of oxygen and other medical reasons.

Extending his condolences, Yadav said there should be no politics over the tragedy and demanded that the Yogi Adityanath government act against those because of whom so many lives were lost.

At least 60 children reportedly died in the state-run BRD Medical College in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur within a week.

“Whoever is responsible for the tragedy must be brought to book,” he said. The former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh also visited the houses of some of the affected families and assured them of help from his party.

The party has demanded a compensation of Rs 20 lakh for each death.

Meanwhile, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) issued a notice to the Uttar Pradesh government terming the case as a serious violation of the Right to Life of patients. A detailed report has been sought by the commission from the government within four weeks.

The deaths have created furor across the nation, with the opposition cornering the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) government in the state demanding resignation from of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and state Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh on the moral grounds following the tragedy that has exposed the apathy of the failed medical system.

 However, UP CM Yogi Adityanath, rejecting the reports of lack of oxygen supply said on Saturday that a committee has been set up under the Chief Secretary to go into the gas supplier’s role and other lapses.

(With inputs from IANS)