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Agra police took away an oxygen cylinder arranged by a boy for his mother.

Ansh Goyal alleged that the cylinder he arranged was given away to a "VIP," while the police claim the cylinders they are seen carrying were "empty".

Ansh Goyal alleged that the cylinder he arranged was given away to a "VIP," while the police claim the cylinders they are seen carrying were "empty". A video of a 17-year-old boy crying and begging the cops not to take away an oxygen cylinder from a hospital in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, went viral in April 2021. The video emerged as the country was battling through the second wave of COVID-19. The video shows a boy wearing a PPE kit, sitting on his knees, and folding his hands in front of the police.

The boy claims to have arranged an oxygen cylinder for his mother, who was undergoing treatment for COVID-19 at a private hospital. His mother, who was in a critical condition, died two hours after the incident, the Times of India reported. The boy, Ansh Goyal, claimed that the "police took away the cylinder despite his pleas" and "gave it to a VIP."

However, Agra police have denied the allegations. Agra's Superintendent of Police, Rohan P. Botre, said the video is being used to mislead people. The officer says several people were arranging their own oxygen cylinders to treat their relatives, as the city was facing a shortage of oxygen. He said the two men were carrying an "empty cylinder" in the video, and the boy was pleading to the police officials to arrange a cylinder for his mother as well.

On April 30, the Additional director general of police Rajiv Krishna has ordered a probe to investigate the whole incident. Speaking to TOI, he said, “strict action will be taken against guilty policemen."

Since the matter is under investigation, we cannot judge this claim at present.

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