Srinagar June 23: Police have registered a case of “mischief to cause hurt or death” under IPC Section 440 after oxygen supply to 14 COVID-19 patients at an isolation ward at GMC Jammu was snapped for nearly eight minutes putting the patients’ lives at risk, The Indian Express reported on Wednesday.
As per the report, which quoted Assistant Executive Engineer (Mechanical Division) Rajiv Gupta, who is posted at the oxygen plant, the incident happened at 11:20 am on June 16 when the control valve of the cold oxygen plant feeding the isolation ward had been shut off causing panic among the patients.
In a police complaint lodged at GMC Police Post, Gupta said that some “unknown” persons “deliberately and mischievously shut off the control valve’’ at the oxygen plant.
Gupta called the incident “an act of sabotage’’ as they “do not touch the valve, and it is always kept in the same position to ensure free flow of oxygen to patients”.
SSP Jammu, Chandan Kohli told The Indain Express that they are investigating the case from all aspects, including sabotage and attempt to murder.
Principal GMC Jammu, Dr Shashi Sudan Sharma said the inquiry committee “did not indicate any such thing’’, when asked about a possible sabotage as alleged by Gupta.