<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Manish Bhandari, owner of Pushpa Sales Pvt Ltd, which had snapped oxygen supply from Uttar Pradesh’s BRD Medical College over unpaid bills resulting in deaths of 31 children on August 10 and 11, was arrested by the Gorakhpur police on Sunday morning. Bhandari, who so far had eluded the police was trying to escape to neighbouring Bihar.With the arrest of Bhandari, the police have arrested all the nine accused in BRD Medical College tragedy. Eight accused including ex-Principal Dr Rajiv Mishra, his wife Dr Purnima Shukla, Head Encephalitis Ward Dr Kafeel Ahmed Khan, Head Anaesthesia, Dr Satish Kumar, Chief Pharmacist Gajanand Jaiswal, Account departments Clerks Udai Pratap Sharma, Sushil Tripathi and Sanjay Pandey are already under Gorkhpur Police custodyFacing non-bailable warrant (NBW) and fear of his properties being attached for evading arrest, Bhandri had submitted an application in the Gorakhpur Court for surrender on Saturday. On a tip off that Bhandari may sneak into Bihar till he was allowed by the Court to surrender, the Gorakhpur Police laid trap on all routes leading to Bihar. Bhandari was arrested from Deoria by-pass early Sunday morning when he was trying to escape to Bihar.During interrogation Bhandari revealed places where he had taken shelter to evade police arrest. The Gorakhpur Police may also initiate action against those who had given him shelter. The arrested owner of Pushpa Sales Pvt Ltd will be produced in the Court on Monday.After bagging the contract, Pushpa Sales Pvt Ltd was supplying oxygen to the BRD Medical College since 2014. As per the agreement, the medical college was allowed to take a credit of Rs 10 lakhs. Hospital sources claimed that the dispute over payment started in November 2016 allegedly on the issue of commission. Since then the payment kept on piling despite 14 reminders by the company. The company had sent last reminder on August 1 2017 for dues of Rs 63 lakhs and warned to stop supplies if payments were not cleared. The Company had snapped oxygen supply over unpaid bills on August 9 resulting in deaths of 31 children.UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had constituted a high-level committee, headed by Chief Secretary, Rajive Kumar, to ascertain reasons of deaths of children. Following the Committee report, the Chief Minister had directed to lodge FIRs against nine, including Manish Bhandari, owner of Pushpa Sales Pvt Ltd.
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