Gorakhpur hospital deaths: UP STF arrests Dr Kafeel Khan, in-charge of encephalitis ward

Gorakhpur hospital deaths: Dr Kafeel Ahmed Khan, who was in-charge of the encephalitis ward where the deaths took place, was arrested by the Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) on Saturday.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 2, 2017 4:43 pm
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Dr Kafeel Ahmed Khan, who was in-charge of the encephalitis ward at BRD Medical College and Hospital in Gorakhpur was arrested by the Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) on Saturday, reported news agency ANI. His arrest comes six days after he was suspended by the state government in connection with the deaths of over 60 children in five days in the week beginning August 7, allegedly due to lack of oxygen supply.

“Kafeel Khan was apprehended today at around 9 am from Gorakhpur and he is being handed over to Gorakhpur Police,” IG Special Task Force Amitabh Yash said.

Confirming that Khan was “apprehended”, a STF official on Saturday described it as major breakthrough in the case. Khan was one of nine people named in an FIR that was lodged on August 24 on directive of the state government. Apart from him, hospital principal Dr Rajeev Mishra, his wife Dr Purnima Shukla, Dr Satish Kumar (head of anesthesia), chief pharmacist Gajanan Jaiswal and clerks Uday Pratap Sharma, Sanjay Kumar Tripathi and Sudhir Kumar Pandey were also named.

In an enquiry conducted by the district administration and later by the chief secretary, Khan was found guilty of not adhering to the norms of the Indian Medical Council. Through the probe, it was also revealed that Khan had taken leave without seeking proper permission on August 11, the same day on which the hospital faced a shortage of oxygen supply. Further, it was found that he had delayed informing his seniors about the shortage of supply.

Read | 42 children die in 48 hours in Gorakhpur

On Friday, non-bailable warrants were issued against seven of the nine people named in the FIR. Meanwhile, Mishra and his wife Shukla have been sent to 14-day judicial custody.

So far, 1304 children have died at the BRD hospital this year. Between August 27 and 29, 42 children died in the span of 48 hours; seven were allegedly suffering from Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES). Officiating principal of the hospital, P K Singh, had said, “Till midnight on August 27, there were 342 patients in the paediatrics department, out of which, 17 died. Till midnight on August 28, there were 344 patients on bed and 25 of them died.”

Kafeel was the nodal officer of the 100-bed AES ward at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College.

Also read | Opinion: How Gorakhpur was choked

(With inputs from agencies)

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    Sameer Das
    Sep 2, 2017 at 8:57 pm
    Yogi baba is just saving his bum by arresting these scapegoats. The Health Minister should be arrested. Suppose, a police constable fires from his rifle and kills an innocent person by an order or without any isn't the police chief and the Home Minister not accountable ? I think, in this case, the Home Minister is the foremost guilty, then the police chief and lastly, the constable. Hadn't it been, the Biggest Jhoota Party ( BJP ) Government, this CM yogi had been forced to resign. What a shameless Government.
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      stranger
      Sep 2, 2017 at 7:24 pm
      if corruption is proved at least some of them needs to be put to death so it is example to everyone in the nation. death of over 70 childs is enough to be hanged.
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        Sep 2, 2017 at 7:20 pm
        See how these katwaas criticizing India and Hindu . Still they want to live in India. This proves these katwaas are not only katwaas but katwaas bhawdaas.
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          Sameer Das
          Sep 2, 2017 at 9:00 pm
          Don't be a blind Bhakt. Accept, it a failure of the ruling Government in UP.
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          Lateef Khan
          Sep 2, 2017 at 3:37 pm
          This is the Reward for selfless service. The crooks could not digest the face of the service which this doctor rendered dayin night-out which all the patients are witness to. The general public has openly told in the media about Dr.Khan's services in this entire fiasco, but, the andhBhakts cannot see all this. Why, because he is a ......the freaks cannot digest the fact that selfless services rewards itself irrespective of the faith the renderer professes. One friend has rightly pointed to encaging cows for supply of oxygen.....for those who eat dung and drink .....high time that the AamAadmi stands up. Else out future gems will keep dying.....just like the cows are dying across the Country.......noone to care.....jaiHind
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            Kapil
            Sep 2, 2017 at 3:48 pm
            Ant thoughtful comments on your Kashmiri Friends. Better take care of your community then pointing fingers without proper knowledge and understanding. I just understand were this all self less service talks disappear when Kashmir comes into picture
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              Jai hind
              Sep 2, 2017 at 5:43 pm
              None of the Muslims in India are responsible for Kashmir issue .. most of the muslims spread across this country were not born when the issue began .and its not a religious issue ..its territorial issue ....of the people in Pakistan and Kashmir were Christians also same thing should hv happened ..its ur cowardice art itude make u justify with irrelevant matter when truth is spoken .. This doctor didn't steal the cylinder .if he did he would nt have sent his staff to take it
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          2. Joseph Puliyath
            Sep 2, 2017 at 3:18 pm
            Yes, it is a part of saffron terror politics...
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