‘Arrange for wood at your rooftop for cremation’: Kumar Vishwas to oxygen cylinder hoarders
New Delhi: Poet and author Kumar Vishvas on Wednesday blew up at those who have hoarded oxygen cylinders at a time when people are dying due to the shortage of life-saving gas. Posting a tweet in the Hindi language, Vishvas advised such ‘people who are behaving like animals’ to arrange for wood too at their rooftop for the purpose of cremation. This may be noted that Kumar Vishvas' tweet came at a time when hapless citizens are almost begging for oxygen cylinders to save the lives of their loved ones. Reports of a shortage of medical oxygen because of a rise in COVID-19 infections have put a question mark on the medical infrastructure of the country. Rampant hoarding of oxygen cylinders has further cast a shadow upon COVID-19 management by the authorities.While a section of society is providing free oxygen cylinders to the needy, there are those who are taking advantage of the situation and charging exorbitant amount from the patients' families for oxygen cylinders. On Tuesday, the Allahabad High Court observed the COVID-19 situation in India and said that the deaths of patients because of non-supply of oxygen amounts to a 'criminal act', nothing short of a 'genocide' on part of those entrusted to ensure such supplies."We are at pain in observing that the death of COVID-19 patients just for non-supplying of oxygen to the hospitals is a criminal act and not less than a genocide by those who have been entrusted the task to ensure continuous procurement and supply chain of the liquid medical oxygen," read an order passed by the Allahabad HC bench of Justice Ajit Kumar and Justice Siddhartha Varma.Meanwhile, read Kumar Vishvas' tweet here: Notably, Vishvas had contested the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections against former Congress president Rahul Gandhi from Amethi in Uttar Pradesh and had lost his deposit. One of the founder members of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Vishvas had later become critical of Delhi Chief Minister and party chief Arvind Kejriwal.