The owner of Paras Hospital, Arinjay Jain, allegedly claimed the same in an audio clip that has been reported by several media houses. A probe has been ordered even as Agra District Magistrate Prabhu N claimed there were no deaths due to lack of oxygen on April 26 – the day when the video was allegedly recorded.
From the audio of the clip, it appeared that the ‘mock drill’ was conducted ‘as an experiment to know who all are going to survive.
"There was an acute shortage of oxygen. Modinagar had run out of it. We were asking people to discharge (take away) their patients but no one was ready. So I decided to conduct an experiment… a mock drill of sorts. We snapped the oxygen supply for five minutes on April 26, at 7am. Twenty-two patients started gasping for breath and their bodies began turning blue. So we came to know that they would not survive in case there is no oxygen. Then, family members of the remaining 74 patients in the ICU wards were told to bring their own oxygen cylinders," TOI quoted Arinjay Jain as saying.
Jain, later told TOI that his statement was ‘misconstrued.’ While he didn’t deny it was his voice in the video, he claimed, “We had conducted a mock drill to identify critical patients and better serve them. Four COVID-19 patients died on April 26 and three on April 27."
When he was asked whether the total number of patients who died due to lack of oxygen were 22, he said he ‘didn’t have the exact numbers.’