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Gorakhpur hospital tragedy: STF arrests accused doctor Kafeel Khan

LUCKNOW: Dr Kafeel Khan, the in-charge of 100-bed encephalitis ward at BRD Medical College Hospital in Gorakhpur, was arrested by UP STF and Gorakhpur Police team from a house on the outskirts of the eastern UP city on Saturday morning.

He was named one of the nine accused in the FIR lodged by UP government in connection with deaths of 30 children on August 10 and 11 at the hospital when the supply of liquid Oxygen was obstructed.

While the college’s former principal Rajiv Mishra and his wife Purnima Shukla had been arrested earlier, Kafeel managed to remain on the run. The remaining six which include director of Pushpa Sales Pvt Ltd, the vendor which supplied Liquid Oxygen to the hospital, are still on the run. A non-bailable warrant have been issued against them.

The STF team arrested Khan from Gorakhpur while he was trying to flee possibly to Nepal, sources said. DIG STF Manoj Tiwari said that police teams got some leads from Kafeel’s family in Lucknow and checked a house on the outskirts of the city in Gorakhpur, where he was apprehended.

An FIR was lodged against him and six others earlier this week and a non-bailable warrant was issued by a fast track court on Friday. Khan, a paediatric and nodal officer of AES ward, has been accused of dereliction of duty and not informing seniors and the administration of the paucity of oxygen.
After August 10 and 11 tragedy at the hospital, Khan was lionised by a section of media, hailing his ‘good Samaritan’ act as he reportedly went out of hospital to arranged oxygen cylinders when supply of liquid oxygen stopped.

However, within 24 hours, he turned into a villain when reports about private practice and misappropriation in the stock of oxygen cylinders in the hospital came out in the open. The in charge of anaesthesia department, Dr Satish, who was responsible for the maintenance of oxygen cylinders’ stock, is also one of the accused.

The NBW has also been issued against Gajanan Jaiswal, accountant Sudhir Pandey, assistant clerk, Sanjay Kumar Tripathi and gas suppliers Uday Pratap Singh and Manish Bhandari.

Former principal Dr Mishra and his wife Poornima Shukla are in a 14-day judicial custody. Mishra has been accused of sitting over bills of the vendor supplying oxygen.

Reports said despite an allocation of Rs 4.54 crore for the financial year 2017-18, Mishra did not clear a payment of Rs 63.65 lakh. The couple were arrested on August 29 from Kanpur when they had gone to a lawyer for seeking legal aid against their impending arrest.

Source : timesofindia



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